Boat ramps on Saylorville Lake at Jester Park offer convenient access to the northern stretches of this 17-mile long lake. The Lincoln Access ramp is just north of the Mile-Long Bridge, and the Jester Park Drive ramp is adjacent to the main camping area at the park. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urges boaters to use caution when boating upstream of the Mile-Long Bridge.
Fishing and boating access to 172-acre Easter Lake is provided by a boat ramp on the south shore of the lake off Easter Lake Drive. Boaters are advised to follow the "no wake" rules for this prime walleye, bass, and catfish spot on the southside of Des Moines.**Boating at Easter Lake is PROHIBITED until 2018 due to a lake restoration project.
Access to the Des Moines River between Des Moines and Lake Red Rock is provided at the Yellow Banks Park boat ramp. The ramp is located off the western park drive past camp area #1.