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


Rotary Gateway ParkThe City of Prior Lake park and trail system has 55 parks including neighborhood parks with assorted amenities, several natural resource parks for outdoor enjoyment and community parks with first-rate athletic facilities and other amenities. In all, there are more than 1,000 acres of parkland and 80 miles of sidewalks and trails. For more information about specific parks, visit Related Links or download Prior Lake's Park & Trail Map.

These are recreation opportunities that are adjacent to the city:
Spring Lake Regional Park has 373 acres west of Prior Lake. It is accessible on Howard Lake Rd. Amenities include a 3.5 mile paved trail system, restrooms and a 10-acre off-leash dog park.
Cleary Lake Regional Park has 1,045 acres east of Prior Lake accessible on County Rd. 27. Amenities include a golf course, campground, picnic area, dog park, cross-county ski trails, beach and more.
For more information, visit or call (763) 559-9000.

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.

Dogs and cats must be properly licensed and restrained on a leash no longer than six feet at all times to be in any park legally (with the exception of seeing-eye dogs and police dogs). Pet owners are liable for any action or damage caused by a pet. Pet owners must also have tools or equipment for prompt removal of feces. No dogs or cats are permitted on beach areas, nature center areas, park buildings, skating rinks, nor any athletic field.

To help keep the parks and trails beautiful for years to come, the city has two programs that rely on assistance from volunteers within the community: the Adopt-a-Park Program and the Memorial Tree and Bench Program. For more information, call City Hall at (952) 447-9800.