Kayaks, Canoes & Paddleboards

Canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards are all considered watercraft in Minnesota, and if over 10 feet in length require registration in Minnesota. Register your watercraft in person at any deputy registrar of motor vehicles (where you license your car); at the DNR License Center in St. Paul; or renew online at mndnr.gov/licenses.

A U.S. Coast Guard-approved wearable life jacket is required for each person on board.

Paddling Safety

  • Prior Lake is a very busy lake. Use extreme caution on busy boating days, especially on the weekends.
  • Tell someone where you are going, when you are coming back and when to call for help.
  • Wear bright clothes, carry a whistle and a white light.
  • Check your equipment and your skills before attempting a paddling trip.
  • Be a competent swimmer.
  • Paddle with a friend. Safety increases with numbers.
  • Avoid paddling under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Learn how to get out of, hang on to and re-enter your capsized watercraft.

For more information on paddling and other boating regulations, please see the Minnesota Boating Guide: http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/rlp/regulations/boatwater/boatingguide.pdf

Please Enjoy Prior Lake Respectfully and Safely!