New route and start time this year. Parade route will be posted soon, please check back - Parade will begin at 2:00pm.
This year in addition to our traditional “Patriotic theme” we will be adding “Your Favorite Sport or Sports Team”. Could there be some Vikings and Green Bay Packer fans out there? Baseball or Hockey fans?This will be fun so start planning for this traditional Lake Sarah event! Prizes will be awarded at the Lake Sarah picnic on July 17.
The 28th annual picnic will be held at Jorgenson’s park on Shady Beach Circle. We will have the always fun Kubb Tournament, games for the kids, a brief LSIA meeting and lots of food. Plan on coming and meeting your Lake Sarah neighbors!
We're looking for volunteers to help at our picnic. Please use the link below to sign up for a shift you would be willing to work. New this year will be an inflatable jump house!
The proposed amendments to the No-Wake ordinance are scheduled to be heard at the July 12, 2016 Independence City Council meeting. Interested persons are encouraged to attend.
Change the no-wake ordinance? What's that about?
Recently emails have circulated from the LSIA with a reference to proposed changes to the no-wake ordinance and calling for concerned residents to attend upcoming City Council meetings "to express your opinion". No details about the pending discussions were included in the email so several residents have emailed and called asking what those changes might be and whether or not they should be concerned. Here is the elevator summary, if you have more questions or need more specifics please contact the Independence or Greenfield City Halls or feel free to email this website.
The primary issue is with inconsistencies in the methods for implementation (3 days above 981.10), and removal (presumably immediately when level drops below 981.10).
The problem left the Cities with practical difficulties at the time of removal of the restriction when the water level receded to the trigger level on weekends or when city offices were closed and the quick changes from in-force to off and back when the water level fluctuated near the trigger level. It was noted there was no significant confusion upon implementation with 3 days to communicate the transition but plenty of problems with some lake users expecting immediate removal. This caused significant “unrest” and pressure on volunteer water level readers and upon City staff in both Cities.
The discussions produced a possible solution which would amend the ordinance in both Greenfield and Independence making the removal process match implementation by having the ordinance removal trigger be the same as implementation, “3 consecutive days below the trigger level” which would allow for time for proper public and law enforcement notice and align this ordinance procedure with other similar ordinances such as the one governing no-wake on lake Independence. The DNR also requested some language cleaned up relating to administrator discretion.
Learn about local lakes and streams and how you can help protect them
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Registration is requested by Friday, June 24. To register contact: Beverly Love 763-553-1144 firstname.lastname@example.org
Brought to you by: Pioneer-Sarah Creek Commission and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency with grant funding from the Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment For more information visit: http://www.pioneersarahcreek.org/pages/WRAPS/
The most recent water level reading was 979.17' (east bay) on June 18, 2016
This can be compared to 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
MN DNR announces mandatory training requirement for aquatic invasive species violators
Starting this boating season, anyone found guilty of violating Minnesota’s aquatic invasive species laws will not only have to pay the required fines but will also have to complete mandatory training. The short “Clean In Clean Out” training must be completed before people found guilty of violating Minnesota’s aquatic invasive species laws can legally operate their watercraft anywhere in the state.
“The class is free and easy to take either online or with a paper home-study,” said April Rust, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invasive species training coordinator. “Anyone interested in learning more about how to protect Minnesota waters from invasive species can also take the free online class.”
“Minnesotans overall are doing the right things, and the rate of compliance with aquatic invasive species laws is increasing every year," said Maj. Todd Kanieski, DNR Enforcement operations manager. “The few individuals who violate these laws are the highest risk factor for infesting a lake or river. We want to not only help people avoid a citation but, more importantly, keep 95 percent of Minnesota’s lakes off the infested waters list.”
Boaters and anglers can comply with Minnesota’s invasive species laws by remembering Clean, Drain, Dispose:
Clean aquatic plants and prohibited invasive species from watercraft,
Drain lake or river water from all equipment and keep drain plugs out during transport, and
Dispose of unwanted bait in the trash, not in the water.
Lake property owners are reminded that docks and lifts must be cleaned and allowed to dry for at least 21 days before moving them to another body of water.
More information about aquatic invasive species and how to prevent their spread is at www.mndnr.gov/ais.
A New Emergency Communication Network is now available to residents of Independence and Maple Plain to ALERT, and INFORM Residents.
CodeRED is an emergency notification service that allows emergency and city officials to notify residents and businesses by telephone, cell phone, text message and social media regarding time-sensitive general and emergency notifications. This service is easy to sign up for and will provide a direct line of communication with our residents. Communications will range from emergencies to public hearing notifications.
Register Now: simply click on the CodeRED logo at left
March 2016 - Lake neighbor and amazing drone pilot Todd Zaugg recently performed a video inspection of the lake Sarah outlet channel with ground assist from Scott Walsh and posted the video to YouTube. If you've ever been curious as to what the outlet channel looks like heres your chance to check it out. Amazing job Todd - Thanks!
Calling all history buffs! The newly formed Greenfield Historical Society is looking for history specific to Greenfield / Greenwood area of western Hennepin County www.greenfieldhs.com. They have started building a website and are meeting monthly, contact any member via their website if you wish to participate or have old memories or memorabilia to share!
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 Tony Salzer at (763) 432-0833, 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.