Stay away from the west end of Sarah - especially the NW corner near the outlet creek. This sled went through on 1/11/2020 about 100 yards south of the thin ice warning signs. The outlet is still flowing and ice will remain unsafe for an extended period this year.
Unsafe ice near outlet - stay away!
THIN ICE WARNING!
Open water / thin ice near the outlet at the NW corner of Lake Sarah where the snowmobile trail exits the lake near the Dog Park. Do not attempt to travel in this area. lake Ice on Sarah is still unsafe in many areas!
Photo at right of a submerged snowmobile in the outlet area on 12/19/19, stay clear of this area.
Common angler question: Does my ice shelter need a license?
As more anglers prepare for ice fishing, the DNR sometimes receives questions about ice shelter licenses. Minnesota fishing regulations recognize two types of shelters: portable and nonportable. A portable shelter is one that collapses, folds or is disassembled for transportation. Portable shelters only need licenses and identification when left unattended, which is defined as all occupants being more than 200 feet away. In contrast, all nonportable ice shelters must be licensed. Wheeled fish houses are not considered portable and must be licensed.
An annual shelter license costs $15 for residents and $37 for nonresidents, not including issuing fees that may be charged. A shelter license is valid from March 1 through April 30 of the following year, and a shelter license is not required on border waters between Minnesota and its neighboring states (Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota). Licenses can be purchased in person, by telephone or at mndnr.gov/buyalicense. No ice can ever be considered “safe ice,” and DNR ice safety guidelines can be found at mndnr.gov/icesafety.
Ice - over for lake Sarah recorded as December 2, 2019
The final water level reading for 2019 (Sarah west bay gauge) was
979.47' on November 6, 2019
This can be compared to the initial reading this spring of 980.27 on 4/20/19 and the final reading last fall on October 24, 2018 of 979.08' and the Ordinary High Water Level for Sarah of 979.90'. Thank you to Cindy Keating (west bay), Brad Spencer (east bay) and Fred Lang (charts) who continue to volunteer their time to monitor our lakes’ water levels for the MN DNR, LSIA, and our website for yet another year!
Additional water level history, charts, and information can be found on the Water Levels page of this website
October 10, 2019 - Marcus Zahn reports the LSIA stocked Sarah with 1400 walleye fingerlings from Radermacher farms.
The walleyes are part of the LSIA's donor supported stocking program that has restocked our walleye population since 2001. This program is funded soleby by contributions with no financial assistance from the MN DNR. Consider donating to this vital and successful program using the link below.
Thank you to Joe Slavec for the use of his property and dock to stock this years fingerlings
Help support continued walleye stocking in lake Sarah! Click thePaypal button on left to donate to the stocking program with any major credit card or bank balance transfer. Your tax deductible donations are greatly appreciated!
LSIA Fall Newsletter
The October edition of the Lake Sarah newsletter was recently distributed by email. If you did not receive a copy please email Anne Horn and she can make sure your email address if correct in the LSIA database.
Maybe I’m the only one in the Lake Sarah neighborhood not well acquainted with Joe Knapp’s success in water skiing. But, in case there are a few more of you out there who do not know this very interesting guy, I would like to introduce Joe to you.
Many of the questions emailed to this site regard illegal or inconsiderate snowmobile, atv, boat or pwc operation or fishing/hunting violation questions. To report illegal vehicular activity you should contactHennepin County Sheriff Water Patrol (612)596-9880, or West Hennepin Public Safety (763)479-0500, The Water Patrol will not issue a citation for offenses they do not witness. They may issue a citation if the witness agrees sign the complaint (much like a citizens arrest). If you plan on filing charges against an individual you should make note of the date, time, vehicle description and license number, identity or good description of the operator. A side note; If the offender wishes to appear in court you may be required to appear as witness / accuser. To report hunting or fishing violations call DNR area Conservation Officer Officer Name: Brent Grewe Phone: (763) 205-6014, DNR Enforcement (651)582-1502, ororTIP (turn in poachers) toll free hotline 800-652-9093.Click the blue text for a copy of the 2017-18 Minnesota Snowmobile Regs , Personal Watercraft Regs , 2019 MN Boating Guide , ATV/OHV Regs, or the 2019 MN Fishing Regulations , in Adobe Acrobat Reader format (.pdf).
Lake Sarah (MN DNR #27-0191) is located in sections 1 and 2, township 118, range 24; and in sections 34 and 35, township 119, range 24, Hennepin County, Minnesota. GPS 45°4'19"N 93°41'24"W surrounded by the Minnesota cities of Independence, Greenfield, Loretto, Medina, and Rockford. Click here to view a Google hybrid map of lake Sarah. Suggestions for content and services to be provided by this site are always welcome!E-mail this websitewith your feedback, suggestions, comments or ideas.