In the Prior Lake park and trail system, there are 54 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 is nearly 1,000 acres of parkland and 80 miles of sidewalks and trails.
Click Park Offerings for a PDF showing each park's
To find your way around the many parks and trails in Prior Lake, click the Park & Trail Map for a PDF of every trail and every park.
The city also operates and maintains 34 athletic fields, including nine soccer fields, two football fields, seven baseball fields and 16 softball /T-ball diamonds. These fields are available for public use and can be reserved at (952) 447-9820.
Tree Disease Concerns
Oak Wilt: Oak Wilt is a fatal tree disease that threatens many trees in Prior Lake. It is a fungus that invades the tree’s water conducting vessels. The most efficient and cost effective means of controlling Oak Wilt is prevention. Avoid tree wounds during the infection period, which means abstaining from pruning oak trees during April, May, and June. Also, trim trees during the winter months instead of during the summer, when insects will not be attracted to the trees. To learn more about Oak Wilt, download this flier. If you spot a tree with disease symptoms, promptly call the City Forester at (952) 447-9852. A certified tree inspector will be sent to check the tree.
For a dog or cat to be in any park legally (with the exception of seeing-eye dogs and police dogs), it must be properly licensed and restrained on a leash no longer than six feet at all times. 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.
The City of Prior Lake provides picnic shelters at a variety of parks throughout the community. Some of the shelters located at the community parks are available for private reservations for a modest fee. Rental
shelters include Lakefront Park (two shelters), The Ponds (two shelters), Memorial Park (two shelters) and Sand Point Beach (two shelters). Others available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Fees: $50 resident; $100 non-resident.
Reservations can be handled online at www.priorlakerecreation.com. Find the "Programs and Facilities-Click Here!" tab and browse available dates and facilities under the "Facility Rentals" section. If you cannot find the date to add to your cart, the facility is not available on that date. Reservations can be made up to one year in advance. Please read all instructions and policies carefully, for you are agreeing to the rental policies at check-out.
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. 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.
Keeping it Clean
To help keep the parks and trails beautiful for years to come, the city has created two programs relying on assistance from volunteers within the community: the Adopt-a-Park Program and the Memorial Tree and Bench Program. By clicking on the program, you can download a PDF brochure explaining the specifics of the program and how to get involved. For more information, call the public works department at (952) 440-9675.
The Recreation Department coordinates the use of the city's park facilities, including beaches, ice rinks and the skate park. The department also sets and coordinates the youth, family and adults recreation services offered throughout the year. For more information, click here or call (952) 447-9820.
Outfield Advertising at Memorial Park
For a small investment, your business or organization can advertise its support of Prior Lake youth athletics by purchasing an eight-foot outfield ad at Veteran's Field at Memorial Park, 5181 160th St., one of Prior Lake's oldest parks. This program will raise money to support youth athletics. Contact City Hall at (952) 447-9802 for a list of youth athletic organizations who act as sales agents. For more information, click on this Outfield Advertising informational flier.
There many recreation opportunities in or adjacent to the city. Spring Lake Regional Park has 354 acres of undeveloped land and Cleary Lake Regional Park features skiing, water sports and golf on 1,045 acres.