City of Prior Lake, MN
City of Prior Lake, MN

Boating and Boat Slip Information


PCA Lake Quality Data

Boat Launches


The City of Prior Lake has two accesses on Prior Lake available for public use: Sand Point Beach (14377 Crest Ave. NE) and DeWitt Ave. (16800 Dewitte Ave. SW). Each public access is owned and operated by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and has a limited number of public trailer parking spots. Please be aware that many city streets surrounding the accesses have limited street parking available, and in some cases trailer parking is limited. Plan ahead on busy summer weekends.


The City Council approved eight boats slips to be designated for seasonal rental, four at Watzl's Beach and four at Sand Point Beach. The fees for these rentals will be $3,500 per slip and reservations begin the first business day of each year. Each household and residential address is only allowed to rent one boat slip at any one time. The boat slip is available only for the watercraft listed on the application. There will be a gate installed at the end of each dock which will be locked so no one other than the renters of those slips can enter and exit that part of the dock. The boat season will be from ice out as determined by City staff, through Oct. 31. For more details and to review the policy and application go to the Recreation Website or call 952-447-9820.

There are five boat slips available at each public beach for daytime use only, first come/first serve basis. There are also six slips at each public beach that are available for overnight rental with 3-day advanced reservation. Unreserved slips are available for daytime use only first come/first served. Access to all slips is available daily from 5 a.m. -10 p.m. ONLY. No person is permitted in the park or at an overnight slip outside of park hours.

Overnight boat slip rental is not available at Watzl’s Beach: July 13-16 and August 3-5, 2018.

Overnight Boat Slip Fees
Weekly Mon 12 p.m. - Fri 10 a.m. $70/Resident; $90/Non Resident
Weekend Fri 12 p.m. - Mon 10 a.m. $85/Resident; $115/Non Resident

Parking Fees
Parking Fees may apply at Sand Point Beach. No overnight parking is permitted.
Boat Launch
No boat launch at Watzl’s. DNR access at Sand Point and DeWitt.
Rental Period Date Adjustments
Reservations are final. Adjustments to location or rental period must be seven days in advance and require $25 due when adjustment is requested. Click here to reserve a boat slip.

Sand Point Beach is one of the most popular city parks in the summer. Located at 14349 Crest Avenue N.E., next to the most-used DNR boat access to Prior Lake, Sand Point Beach is a great destination for swimmers, boaters and families. The beach offers two picnic shelters, play equipment, three sand volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, a fishing pier, restrooms, boat slips and canoe racks for rent. Park Hours: 5 a.m. - 10 p.m. Daily.
PARKING: Parking at Sand Point Beach is limited and fees apply daily from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day. Parking is also allowed on the east side of Crest Ave. from the park entrance to Cedarwood Tr. The parking fee is $5 per car and $25 for a car with a trailer (NOTE: There are only 15 car-with-trailer parking spots), available on a first-come, first-served basis with cash or check. Season parking passes for cars only are available at City Hall for $30 resident, $55 non-resident. Arrangements for parking for groups of 20 or more must be made at the Recreation Department. Bus parking is $20 per day.

Located in Lakefront Park, 5000 Kop Parkway, Watzl's Point is a popular stop for lake users. Reaching the beach requires a short hike from the parking areas in Lakefront Park and is easily accessible from the lake. There is no fee to use Watzl's Point Beach. Amenities include restrooms, boatslips, and picnic tables. Park Hours: 5 a.m. - 10 p.m. Daily.
PARKING: Parking is free at Watzl's Beach.

For more information about canoe/kayak rack slot rental or boat slips slots at Sand Point Beach, or for more information, call the Recreation Department at (952) 447-9820.

The City of Prior Lake's Public Water Ordinance controls and regulates the use of Upper and Lower Prior Lake to promote the use and enjoyment of the water as well as the safety and welfare of those recreating on the lakes. For specific water speed limts and slow no wake information, click on Public Waters Ordinance 703.

The City of Prior Lake has a policy regarding dock placement on private property on Prior Lake and parts of Spring Lake. Homeowners associations and commercial property docks are regulated under the City of Prior Lake Zoning Ordinance and the Minnesota DNR. Click here for the Policy Guiding the Placement of Personal Docks.