Prior Lake DNR Public Boat Launches to be Under Construction starting September 13th, 2005

September 15, 2005

Some inconvenience may be encountered

Anglers and recreational boaters used to launching their watercraft at the DNR-operated public access on Prior Lake at Sand Point in Scott County may encounter some inconvenience starting September 13th, 2005 due to reconstruction of the existing boat launch sites located on Prior Lake.

The DNR maintains two boat launches on Prior Lake; one on the north side of Lower Prior Lake off Crest Avenue and one on the south side of Upper Prior Lake on DeWitte Avenue. The DeWitte boat launch will be closed entirely during the reconstruction starting in September and continuing through November 15th. DeWitte is a small site that has parking for only 11 trailers. Erosion control barriers will be installed around the shoreline which will provide for water quality, however this will also result in eliminating any watercraft launching from the site. Please plan to use Sand Point for fall boating.

The Sand Point launch site will remain open during construction. Construction at Sand Point will involve adding 12 additional boat trailer parking spaces to the existing eastern parking lot. This is a cooperative project with the City of Prior Lake. Minimal disruption should occur at the Sand Point boat launch. Efforts will be made to minimize disruption for weekend water recreation activity. Signs are provided on both sites to inform the public during the reconstruction.

Please be patient and understanding while the construction is underway. Work is scheduled to be completed by November 15th, but may be completed sooner depending on the fall weather. The DNR's Division of Trails and Waterways operates over 1,500 public water access sites around the state, as well as 300 fishing piers and shore fishing sites. Users of these public facilities are reminded to take all trash out with them, as dumping of garbage has grown into an ongoing problem that diverts limited staff time from other activities that are more beneficial to the public. Sorry for the temporary inconvenience.

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