The club was organized in 1966. During nearly 50 years of existence the club has evolved to continually meet the needs of a growing suburban community. When first organized members enjoyed the meeting fellowship, playing cards, having dinner, and visiting. Most members at the time were neighbors, relatives, and friends. Activities centered on Prior Lake, insuring that the lake was stocked for ample fishing opportunities.
Today, the club membership stands at around thirty. We have diversified greatly. Only a few members have grown up in the community. Most are people who have moved here from other parts of Minnesota or other states. Our membership consists of men and women. Our ages vary from retirement to teenagers.
The club continues, as it has for over 40 years to provide youth firearms safety programs in Prior Lake. Three of the instructors have been recognized by the DNR for over 35 years of volunteering as instructors. To date, we estimate that over 3500 young people have benefitted from the firearms safety program in Prior Lake.
For over 25 years, the club has sponsored a handicap fishing outing on Prior Lake. This event is done in coordination with Minnesota's Capable Partners Program, www.capablepartners.org . Through the help of club members, community partners, and family the PLSC has hosted about 25-30 people each year for a morning of fishing followed by a picnic. Club members clean and bag the day's catch for the participants to take home. The club is always seeking more pontoons, their "skippers for our Gilligan's". Come join the day of fishing and fun.
Finally, the Prior Lake Sportsmen's Club participates annually in the following community opportunities: