Boating and Boat Slip Information
WATER QUALITY LINKS
PUBLIC WATER ACCESSES
The City of Prior Lake has two accesses on Prior Lake available for public use: Sand Point Beach (14377 Crest Ave. NE) and DeWitt Ave. (16800 Dewitte Ave. SW). Each public access is owned and operated by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and has a limited number of public trailer parking spots. Please be aware that many city streets surrounding the accesses have limited street parking available, and in some cases trailer parking is limited. Plan ahead on busy summer weekends.
BOAT SLIPS AND MOORING FACILITIES ORDINANCE
On November 4, 2019, the Prior lake City Council approved multiple amendments to the City Code related to boat slips and mooring facilities. The primary purposes of the ordinance amendments were to clarify language related to personal boat slip rental and revise the ordinance language related to controlled access lots.
SEASONAL BOAT SLIPS
The City has 16 boats slips designated for seasonal rental, eight at Watzl's Beach and eight at Sand Point Beach. The fees for these rentals are $3,700 per slip for residents and reservations begin the first business day of each year. The fee for non-residents is $5,000 per slip and reservations begin mid-January. Each household and residential address is only allowed to rent one boat slip at any one time. The boat slip is available only for the watercraft listed on the application. There is a gate at the end of each dock which will be locked, no one other than the renters and City Staff will have the code for the gate. The boat season will be from ice out as determined by City staff, through Oct. 13. For more details and to review the policy and application go to the Recreation Website or call 952-447-9820.
Daytime Use Boat Slips
There are seven boat slips available at each public beach for daytime use only and operate on a first come, first serve basis. These are free to use and must be vacated by 10 p.m. when parks close.
SAND POINT BEACH
Sand Point Beach is one of the most popular city parks in the summer. Located at 14349 Crest Avenue N.E., 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, permanent bean bag boards, a fishing pier, restrooms, boat slips and canoe racks for rent. Park Hours: 5 a.m. - 10 p.m. Daily.
PARKING: Sand Point Beach charges a parking fee applicable to all park users. The Sand Point Beach Park Parking Lot has limited parking and is for vehicles only (vehicles with trailers not permitted). Parking is available on a first come first serve basis for all park users with a per vehicle parking fee charged daily. The $5 daily fee can be paid by credit card only (Visa, MasterCard or Discover) at the parking meter located in the parking lot. Season passes are also available, $50/Resident vehicle and $75/Non-Resident vehicle. Vehicle with trailer parking is no longer available in the City parking lot at Sand Point Beach. Vehicles with trailers can use the DNR parking lot adjacent to the boat access or areas around Sand Point Beach that are not designated as “no parking”.
WATZL'S POINT BEACH
Located in Lakefront Park, 5000 Kop Parkway, Watzl's Point is a popular stop for lake users. Reaching the beach requires a quarter mile walk 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. Park Hours: 5 a.m. - 10 p.m. Daily. NO boat launch at Watzl's Beach.
PARKING: Parking is free at Watzl's Beach.
For more information about canoe/kayak rack slot rental or boat slips slots at Sand Point Beach, or for more information, call the Recreation Department at (952) 447-9820.
PUBLIC WATERS ORDINANCE INFORMATION (Slow No Wake)
The City of Prior Lake's Public Water Ordinance controls and regulates the use of Upper and Lower Prior Lake to promote the use and enjoyment of the water as well as the safety and welfare of those recreating on the lakes. For specific water speed limts and slow no wake information, click on Public Waters Ordinance 703.