PARKS IN PRIOR LAKE
The 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.
PRIOR LAKE PARK & TRAIL SYSTEM PLAN
The City of Prior Lake has developed an updated system plan for the city-wide parks, trails and recreation programs. The planning document is the direct result of an extensive planning study that included significant public input and is aligned with the city 2040 Comprehensive Plan goals. Primary goals for the system plan are categorized under the themes of Connectivity, Quality and Sustainability.
The 2040 Park & Trail System Plan is a comprehensive document that identifies a long-range planning vision and goals for the next 20 years related to parks, trails and programming in order to meet the current and future needs of its residents. The system plan document is meant to be a tool that provides guidance related to improvements, developments, programming, maintenance and operations, and establishing priorities. While the entire goals and recommendations identified in the planning document cannot likely be fully achieved within the next 20 years, it sets a framework for the city in order to make strategic investments and partnerships that will have the greatest benefit to the city and its residents.
Park & Trail System Plan Documents
Chapter 1 - System Plan Overview
Chapter 2 - Assessment of Need
Chapter 3 - Vision Statement
Chapter 4 - Parks System Plan
Chapter 5 - Trail System Plan
Chapter 6 - Implementation Plan
Chapter 7 - Appendix
Full 2040 Park & Trail System Plan
Park & Trail System Plan Survey
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 www.threeriversparks.org or call (763) 559-9000.
FISHING IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD (FIN) PROGRAM
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.
MEMORIAL TREE AND BENCH PROGRAM
View the Memorial Tree and Bench Program explaining the specifics of the program. For more information, call (952) 447-9822.