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

Boating and Boat Slip Information


PCA Lake Quality Data

Boat Launches


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.


The City has eight boats slips designated for seasonal rental, four at Watzl's Beach and four at Sand Point Beach. The fees for these rentals are $3,500 per slip and reservations begin the first business day of each year. 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.

There are five boat slips available at each public beach for daytime use only, first come/first serve basis. There are also six slips at each public beach that are available for overnight rental with 3-day advanced reservation. Unreserved slips are available for daytime use only first come/first served. Access to all slips is available daily from 5 a.m. -10 p.m. ONLY. No person is permitted in the park or at an overnight slip outside of park hours.

Overnight boat slip rental is not available at Watzl’s Beach: July 4, 12-15 and August 9-12.

Overnight Boat Slip Fees
Weekly Mon 12 p.m. - Fri 10 a.m. $70/Resident; $90/Non Resident
Weekend Fri 12 p.m. - Mon 10 a.m. $85/Resident; $115/Non Resident

Rental Period Date Adjustments
Reservations are final. Adjustments to location or rental period must be seven days in advance and require $30 due when adjustment is requested. Click here to reserve a boat slip.

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 May 24-Septermber 2. The $5 daily fee can be paid by credit card only (Visa, MasterCard or Discover) at the new parking meter located in the parking lot. Season passes are also available, $30/Resident vehicle and $55/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”.

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.

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.

The City of Prior Lake has a policy regarding dock placement on private property on Prior Lake and parts of Spring Lake. Homeowners associations and commercial property docks are regulated under the City of Prior Lake Zoning Ordinance and the Minnesota DNR. Click here for the Policy Guiding the Placement of Personal Docks.