Saturday December 10, 8-11 AM at Baker Park Reserve, Medina
Great equipment at a great price. Three Rivers is selling used cross-country ski equipment (traditional and ski-skating), youth snowboard boots and a limited number of alpine skis (no boots or poles). Call 763.694.7660 for more information. Equipment moves quickly, don’t be late! Sale takes place at Baker National Golf Course
Question of the week
When will lake Sarah freeze over?
The average Ice over date when calculated using the last 24 years of records as listed on the ice on/off page is December 2. The earliest Ice over date was November 12 (1995) and the latest ice over date was December 21 (1998, 1999, 2001). Last year lake Sarah froze over quite late compared to the average on December 19, 2015.
Longtime former lake Sarah neighbor Denny Johnston passed away on November 25. Several articles mentioning Denny and Jackie's history with lake Sarah can be found on the History page of this website. Denny was the previous owner of the recently stolen Shady Beach bell and as a younger man worked for several of the resorts that once thrived on lake Sarah's shore. Our thoughts and sympathies to Jackie and the Johnston family.
The most recent water level reading was 979.55' (east bay) on November 15, 2016
This can be compared to the FEMA 100 Year Flood elevation of 981.20', the final reading last fall on November 28, 2015 of 979.71' and the Ordinary High Water Level for Sarah of 979.90'. Thank you to Cindy Keating (west bay) and Fred Lang (east bay) who continue to volunteer their time to monitor our lakes’ water levels for the MN DNR, LSIA, and our website for yet another year!
Water level data, info and records from previous years can be found on the Water Levels page on this website
1000 new walleye relocate to Lake Sarah!
Ron releasing walleye fingerlings at Klaers Farm on 10/25/16. photos by Brad Spencer
Ron Radermacher and LSIA's Brent Lau stocked 1000 walleye fingerlings on 10/25/16 this year. Ron placed the 5"-7" fingerlings in the east bay off Klaers Farm.
LSIA's Walleye stocking program has been reintroducing walleye to lake Sarah since May 2006 and has introduced 290,000 walleye fry and 7,000 walleye fingerlings to our lake since then. This program, funded entirely through contributions from lake Sarah neighbors, receives no funding or assistance other than the required permit from the MN DNR Dept of Fisheries.
Reports from fishermen in recent years have shown the program's initial success with fish in the 19"-22" range being reported fairly regularly now. If you catch a walleye in Sarah please measure and/or photograph your catch and email this website so we can continue to track the success of our program. Photos and notes are posted on the Walleye's caught! page on this website.
Thank you to all those who have contributed to the walleye program - this is only possible with your support! Also thank you to Brent Lau who has been our stocking program lead for the last 4 years and to Ron Radermacher who has been our supplier of fingerlings since 2010. Lets keep this program going!
Help support continued walleye stocking on lake Sarah! Use the PayPal button at right to donate to the LSIA Walleye stocking fund. Your tax deductible contribution will help us continue to build walleye populations in our lake!
Public Access Improvements
Old concrete landing planks after removal
8 New 5' x 12' concrete planks installed 9/21-23/16. photos by Brad Spencer
The new larger concrete panels form a longer, smoother boat launching ramp
In addition to the new signage added to our public access in Spring 2016 by Hennepin County, the in water concrete boat launching ramp was replaced during a short access closure on September 21-23, 2016. The original concrete planks were installed in September 1988 and then repaired and relayed in 1997. After 28 years of service they were in need of updating. The 8 much larger new concrete panels which are approximately 5' x 12' each were supplied by the Minnesota DNR and installed jointly with the City of Greenfield who owns and maintains the public access. The newly refreshed Kohnen Memorial Landing should serve lake Sarah residents and visitors for many years to come.
Thank you to the City of Greenfield and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources!
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 2015-16 Minnesota Snowmobile Regs , Personal Watercraft Regs , 2016 MN Boating Guide , ATV/OHV Regs, or the 2016 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.