The West Hennepin Public Safety Reserves are sponsoring the 43rd Annual View Santa program.
It will be held Saturday, December 2nd, 2023.
The Reserves will collect non-perishable food donations for local food shelves.
Check times carefully as they have changed.
Come to the Independence City Hall (1920 County Road 90) from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. or to Veterans Memorial Park (1664 Budd Ave, Maple Plain) from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. to see Santa on his route through town click here to view event flyer with approximate times/locations..
CANADIAN PACIFIC HOLIDAY TRAIN
Wednesday December 13 3-5pm
Bring a donation for the food shelf!
- Holiday train arrives 4:15
- Musical peformance 4:30 - 5:00
- Kiddie train rides and Santa's mailbox
- Serving free hot chocolate, cider and cookies
- Festive music & bonfire
Parking and shuttle from the Loretto ballfields and Sts Peter & Paul church courtesy of Stahlke Bus
Steve Harrington reports 2800 new walleye fingerlings released this year. 1500 on Sunday November 12 and 1300 more at a later date
The final water level reading in 2023 was 979.33' on November 25 (East Bay gauge)
Fall rainfall helped our lake levels recover from a very low level to a better than average fall elevcation. Normal winter precipitation should help us enjoy a more typical season in 2024, cross your fingers!
This final reading can be compared to the No-Wake trigger elevation of 981.10 and the final reading last fall on November 20, 2022 of 977.62' and the Ordinary High Water Level for Sarah of 979.90'. Thank you to Cindy Keating (west bay) and the Spencer family (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!
EWM Treatment areas. East Bay Fall 2023. West Bay planned for 2024
Fall Eurasian Milfoil Treatment applied to East Bay 10/2/2023
LSIA contractors resurveyed the EWM on Sarah and found substantial regrowth in the areas previously treated with diquat. Presumably this indicates that our past diquat treatments have not provided long-term control. The total updated plot area for the (above) treatment map is 50 acres.
The plan is to treat the plots in the SE basin in fall of 2023 and then treat the plots in the West basin in 2024 with ProcellaCOR EC. The narrow point between the lakes will help to minimize the movement of EWM between the basins until we are able to treat the West basin. It is expected that this strategy would provide excellent long-term control of EWM in the lake.
Using ProcellaCOR EC was recommended to better long-term control, meaning that we would not need to treat much EWM for the next 3-5 years. Recommendation by James A. Johnson, Aquatic Ecologist; MS, CLM, Freshwater Scientific Services, LLC
Steve Howell with his nice 19.75 “ caught on west bay 9/16/23
We continue to get reports of nice walleyes being caught directly resulting from our nearly 2 decade walleye stocking program.
Following several years of privately funded (no financial assistance from the MN DNR) walleye stocking, reports of walleyes being caught started coming in. A few small unconfirmed reports in the summer of 2009 followed by a wave of walleye catching stories in 2010 and 2011! Anyone catching a walleye in lake sarah is encouraged to report the size of the fish and date of catch to this website (email). Photos of the catch will be published if provided.
Thank you to all those who have contributed to the stocking fund and to those who have actively worked to bring the walleyes back to Lake Sarah!
Help support continued walleye stocking in lake Sarah! Click the Paypal 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
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 West Metro Conservation Officer: Ben Ulrich Phone: (651)242-2166, 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.