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Our Lakes
The City of Prior Lake has 14 lakes within its city limits (see below). When combined, Upper and Lower Prior Lake are by far the largest at 1,340 acres. Spring Lake is 600 acres. See below for information about each of Prior Lake's 14 lakes. For more information visit the beaches, boating, docks and water resources links in the column to the right.

ICE SAFETY FOR WINTER ACTIVITIES: Winter is a great time to get out and enjoy the lakes. Popular activities include ice fishing, snowmobiling, skiing, and ice skating. Please keep safety in mind when out on the ice, especially during the early and late ice periods. While the city has no ice condition requirements for any recreational activities on lakes, everyone is encouraged to use common sense and err on the side of caution. Ice is never uniformly thick and many accidents happen when ice is safe in some locations but unsafe in others (such as channels or near flowing water).
If you are unfamiliar with the area, local bait shops can be a great source of information for ice conditions and areas to avoid. In general, there should be a minimum of four inches of good ice for foot travel, six inches for snowmobiles and ATVs, and 12+ inches for vehicles. If you’d like more information, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources maintains an ice safety page on their website.



Upper Prior Lake

Lower Prior Lake

Spring Lake

Howard Lake

Campbell Lake

Mystic Lake

Jeffers Pond

Pike Lake

Crystal Lake

Rice Lake

Markley Lake

Haas Lake

Arctic Lake

Blind Lake




Little Prior Lake, nestled near the entrance to Lakefront Park, is stocked each year with northerns, bass, sunfish and crappies, as is Hickory Shores Park at Crystal Lake. These parks, along with Grainwood Crossing and Sand Point Beach, allow dock and shore fishing. You can also shore fish at Crystal Lake Park. Grab your pole and try your luck. Click here for a Prior Lake Park map.


There are many annual events that take place on the City of Prior Lake's many lakes. Check them out:



News: Zebra Mussels Found in Prior Lake

The DNR discovered zebra mussels in Prior Lake in 2009. Zebra mussels pose serious ecological and economic threats to Minnesota Lakes. Heavy infestations can kill native mussels, may impact fish populations, can interfere with recreation, and can increase costs for industry, including power and water supply facilities. Click here to see the extra precautions boaters and anglers should take to prevent further infestation. For more information, visit the DNR's website on zebra mussels.


Scott County Maps
PCA Lake Quality Data
DNR Lake Finder
Minnesota Fisheries
Stormwater Education for Kids
Clean Water Minnesota
Prior Lake/ Spring Lake Watershed District

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