7.5 out of 10

Prior Lake

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  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5

"Great Lake Community with Cool History!"

If you live in Prior Lake, chances are good there's a neighborhood park not too far away. Community parks like Lakefront, the Ponds, Ryan and Memorial get a lot of the attention, and rightfully so; but residents also love the smaller parks.

In the Prior Lake park and trail system, there are 38 neighborhood parks with assorted amenities such as picnic shelters, ball fields, play equipment, trails and basketball courts.
There are also several natural resource parks, where outdoor enthusiasts can go to get away amid the wonders of nature.

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.

A "Cool" History...

Covered by ancient seas, the area of what is now Minnesota emerged during a period of general uplifting nearly 100 million years ago. About 70 million years ago a deep valley started to be eroded into this emerged land. The valley gradually widened until it included the present upper and lower Prior Lake, Spring Lake, southwest to Lake Sutton and beyond. The sandstone was eroded to 350 feet beneath the present lake.

During the Ice Age, the glaciers filled in this ancient valley. Compaction left a long depression where the present lakes were formed. Much of the topography of the Prior Lake area was created by the most recent of the ice sheets.

As this glacier melted, vast amounts of melt water and glacial deposits left behind formed the land forms we now see around us -- including Prior Lake. This glacial debris included many large rocks, called erratics, including the “Big Rock” called Tun-Can by the Indians, in the northwest part of Prior Lake as well as most of those decorative granite rocks that we see in many of our front yards.

From 1870 to the 1920s there was little growth in Prior Lake. It was primarily a farming community that attracted summer residents along its shores and at the Grainwood Hotel. The 1920s to 1950s saw Prior Lake as a typical small American town experiencing the major events surrounding two World Wars. From World War II to 1960, Prior Lake experienced moderate growth with the lake being a major recreational facility. From 1960 to present, Prior Lake experienced great growth, becoming a suburban/bedroom community with the lake and Hwy. 13 development as the greatest catalyst for growth.

It's a wonderful community to live and work!
  • Offering Over 54 Parks, 100 miles of Trail
  • Wonderful Native Americal History
  • Fun at the Casinos!

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