Prior Lake Public Beaches
The City of Prior Lake operates two swimming beaches on Prior Lake for the public to enjoy. Sand Point Beach and Watzl's Point Beach
offer sandy beaches and designated swim areas.
The beaches typically are open Memorial Day through Labor Day, depending on the weather and staffing.
As of June 25, 2014, Watzl’s Beach at Lakefront Park is closed due to high water and the swim area has tested positive for elevated levels of E. coli. Elevated levels of E. coli indicate that there could be pathogens (disease-causing organisms) present in the water. Swimming is not allowed at Watzl’s Beach. It will be re-opened when tests show safe levels of E. coli. Sand Point Beach remains open and tests showed no elevated E. coli levels. Testing will continue at both beaches through the summer and fall.
|Boat Slip and Canoe Rack Rental
Go to our Reservations Web page for information about renting a boat slip at one of the following beaches.
|Public Beaches - NO LIFEGUARDS ON DUTY
Sand Point Beach
Sand Point Beach is one of the most popular city parks in the summer. Located at 14349 Crest Avenue, 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.
PARKING: Parking is limited and fees apply Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from May to September. 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 $20 for a car with a trailer (NOTE: There are only 15 car-with-trailer parking spots), available on a first-come, first-served basis. Season parking passes for cars only are available at City Hall for $25 resident, $50 non-resident. Arrangements for parking for groups of 20 or more must be made at the Recreation Department. Bus parking is $20 per day.
Watzl's Point Beach (Click here for Watzl's Point Beach webcam)
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.
PARKING: Parking is free.