The most recent surface water level reading was 980.09' (east bay) on May 22, 2017
This can be compared to the initial reading this season of 979.07 on 4/1/17 and the final reading last fall on December 6, 2016 of 979.65' 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!
More information and historical data on water levels canbe found on the Water Levels page of this website
Boating Season is back!!
As a reminder, youth between 12-17 years of age in many circumstances require a youth Minnesota watercraft operator's permit (see age restrictions below) which is obtained by completion of the Boating Safety course. Boating Safety Courses are available online and at several locations around the State. In addition, this course may be required for youth and adults who plan on boating in Canada.
Adults wishing to learn more about boating safety are encouraged to take the course and maybe eligible for a discount on boat insurance —check with your insurance agent.
Personal Watercraft Operator Age Restrictions Operator Age Restrictions
Less than 13 years of ageCannot operate, even with adult on board.
13 years of age Must either have: • someone at least 21 on board, or • a watercraft operator’s permit and be in visual supervision by someone at least 21.
14–17 years of age Must either have: • a watercraft operator’s permit, or • someone at least 21 on board.
Motorboat Operator Age Restrictions Operator Age Restrictions
Less than 12 years of age - 25 hp or less–no restrictions. - More than 25 thru 75 hp–must have someone at least 21 on board within reach of the controls. - Over 75 hp–cannot operate, even with adult on board.
12–17 years of age
- 25 hp or less–no restrictions. - Over 25 hp–must either have: A watercraft operator’s permit, or Someone at least 21 on board within reach of the controls.
To find a boating safety classroom course, visit the DNR’s Event Calendar or call BOAT/U.S. at 800-336-BOAT, or, complete the online boating safety courseBoat Minnesota to receive a youth Minnesota watercraft operator's permit (12 to 17 years old).
The Lake Minnetonka Conservation District is again offering a free Boater Safety classroom course for 12 year olds and up, this year on June 19, 2017 from 7:45am-6:00pm. click this link to view their event flyer. Space is limited, registration by June 2 is required.
UPDATE: the 2017 CLP Treatment was applied on Thursday May 4
In Spring 2017 LSIA once again is planning a full lake CLP treatment and monitoring program for our lake and will coordinate with Aquatic Solutions for the optimum time to maximize the treatment effectiveness.
To fund this years program LSIA is asking for a donation of $150 per Lake Sarah household.
Checks may be mailed to the LSIA at P.O. Box 25, Loretto MN 55357 or use PayPal link below. Please remember all donations to LSIA are tax deductible!
Thank you for all your support of our beautiful lake! - LSIA Board
Make your contribution to the CLP Treatment Program here!
Stakeholders and lakeshore property owners have been asked to help offset the cost of the CLP Treatment program with a tax deductible contribution of $150. To make your contribution using PayPal just click on the button to the right. Or if you prefer, checks payable to the Lake Sarah Improvement Association may be mailed to LSIA, P.O. Box 25, Loretto, MN 55357.
The 2017 proposed treatment map (above) shows the roughly 260 acres proposed for treatment using Aquathol K (permit pending) to be applied by Aquatic Solutions. If water temps continue to progress this treatment could occur sometime in late April. This will be the 5th year of LSIA CLP treatment program.
Click the Buy Now button on the right to pay your dues with any major credit card or via bank transfer.
Online DNR system makes applying for plant management permits easier
It’s now easier to apply for permits to manage native or invasive aquatic plants, using the MNDNR Permitting and Reporting System (MPARS). MPARS is an online system for water use reporting, permit applications, permit change requests, and well construction preliminary assessment requests.
The DNR annually issues nearly 5,000 aquatic plant management permits and about 300 invasive aquatic plant management permits on about 1,900 public waters. These numbers have been steadily increasing. “MPARS not only makes applications faster and easier, but it also provides transparency and record keeping by documenting site inspections, management history and other details,” said Kylie Cattoor, DNR natural resources specialist. “Aquatic plants are essential to healthy lake ecosystems and with less of our time spent processing permits, we can do more to prevent the spread of invasive species and provide more technical guidance to property owners.”
Permit activities added to MPARS include bog relocation and removal, offshore and nearshore plant management, and use of automated aquatic plant control devices. Renewal of native aquatic plant management permits through MPARS is also available now, and invasive aquatic plant management permit renewal is in development for 2018. In addition to native and invasive aquatic plant management, the online system supports permits for water appropriation, public waters work, and dam safety. Details on how to create a user account and more information is available at mndnr.gov/mpars.
MPARS is just one of the new digital tools the DNR has launched in the last few years to simplify permit applications and outdoor information. Fish Minnesota is a mobile-friendly website that makes it easy to find and understand fishing regulations for lakes, rivers and streams. The agency’s “ParkFinder” application gives visitors to Minnesota state parks an easy and fun way to plan trips and vacations. An interactive geology tool called “What’s Under Your House” allows users to zoom to any location in the state, to find information on different geologic formations.
an interview with
LSIA’s good friend and founder
Harold Burrows By Dolores Ullstrom
After more than 35 years on lake Sarah, Harold and Renee Burrows have sold their home on Fern Drive. Before moving he sat down with Dolores Ullstrom for a conversation about his history and memories of his service to our lake community.
History discovered! Two photo postcards (above) from the Shady Beach Inn's early days, one showing the dock & swim area and another showing the playground were recently donated to the website by the estate of John W. Thiede of Portage, Wisconsin. The unused postcard were found among John's possessions and a friend of his did a little online research to find someone who might appreciate them. These photos are undated so any assistance in identifying a likely timeframe would be greatly appreciated!
Thank you to Thomas Pierce of Sun Prairie Wisconsin for taking the time to find us, we will truly enjoy adding them to our lake Sarah history collection!
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.