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

Lake Information

aerial of prior lake
The City of Prior Lake has 14 lakes within its city limits. When combined, Upper (415 acres) and Lower Prior Lake ( 925 acres) are by far the largest at 1,340 acres. Spring Lake is 600 acres.

Arctic Lake Markley Lake
Blind Lake Mystic Lake
Campbell Lake Pike Lake
Crystal Lake Prior Lake (Lower)
Haas Lake Prior Lake (Upper)
Howard Lake Rice Lake
Jeffers Pond Spring Lake

Water Surface Use Management (WSUM) is the DNR’s term for water surface zoning that involves lake use regulations. WSUM regulations work in conjunction with state boating laws. While the boating laws focus more on the boat or watercraft itself, WSUM allows local governments to address lake specific concerns. For more information vistit the WSUM page.

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.

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.

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.