And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were so afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this [shall be] a sign unto you;
Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
That's what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown
LAKE SARAH NEWS
updated December 7, 2021
The official Ice Over date for 2021 was December 7, 2021. Although the lake has frozen over and then thawed somewhat for short periods earlier in November, the date recorded is the date the lake freezes over for the season.
Historical Ice on / off dates can be found on the Ice records page of this website
Remember - Ice is never safe, please be careful out there!
The final water level reading of 2021 was 978.20' on November 22 (east bay gauge)
This can be compared to the Lowest level in recent records of 977.78' on August 10, 2007, the final reading last fall on November 8, 2020 of 978.38' and the Ordinary High Water Level for Sarah of 979.90'. More information on past years water levels can be found on the Water Levels page on this website.
2021 water levels were seasonally very low with below normal precipitation. 2021 tracked very close to the levels experienced in 2006 & 2007 (see chart below). The final reading on 11/22/21 was the lowest season end reading in the last 20 years just edging out the low reading on 11/21/2006.
Water Level Comparison (2021 YTD in light green) chart courtesy of Fred Lang
Lake Sarah water levels - 1973-2021 - source MN DNR
Lake Independence reporting more zebra mussel discoveries
LICA reports some of their members have reached out with pictures (like the one at right) of large concentrations of zebra mussels that were found on docks and boats this fall. Please be careful if transferring water oriented equipment or boats between our lake and theirs (or any other lake with zebra mussels)
Back in 2017 when they were first discovered in lake Independence, LICA was hopeful that the zebra mussels wouldn’t thrive but it appears they finally have. LICA has put together an in-depth article and resource links to help educate everyone about the issue and solutions that are being researched. Here is the link to the article on LICA’s website.
Additionally, below is more information about dealing with docks, lifts and boats from zebra mussels infested waters:
Moving docks, lifts, and equipment to another water body If you plan to move a dock, lift or other water equipment from one lake or river to another, all visible zebra mussels, faucet snails, and aquatic plants must be removed whether they are dead or alive. You may not transport equipment with prohibited invasive species or aquatic plants attached. The equipment must be out of the water for 21 days before it can be placed in another water body.
Marcus reports Ron Radermacher is making multiple drops of fingerlings this year. 1,700 went in Saturday 10/16/21 and a second drop of 1000 on Monday 10/18/21, final 200 fingerlings on 11/20/21 for a season total of 2,900.
Thank you to Joe Slavec for again allowing us to use his dock, and for also meeting Ron on Saturday to grab the pictures.
2021 walleye fingerlings
Jean LaVon Truax - September 17, 1927 - November 01, 2021
Jean and Earl were longtime residents of Woodhill Dr on lake Sarah. Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday November 9, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. at Trinity Lutheran Church (2060 County Road 6) in Long Lake with Rev. Ann Fenlason as officiant. Visitation 1 hour prior to the service at church.
Our deepest Symathies to Jean's family and Friends
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 Minnesota Snowmobile Regs , Personal Watercraft Regs , MN Boating Guide , ATV/OHV Regs, or the current 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.