19th Annual lake Sarah 4th of July Boat Parade & Boat Decorating contest
July 4, 2015 (Saturday) - 3:00pm
In addition to the Patriotic decorating Contest Category the Themed contest will be "Your favorite Disney / Cartoon character!
Participants should meet near the public access / boat landing on the west bay at 3:00pm on Starurday July 4. Each boat will be given a number card at the landing. You can attach the number card to your boat or hold it up when passing the judging station/ home. Kevin and Anne Horn are the official judges and reside on Woodhill Drive.
First prize for each category will receive a $75.00 gift certificate to Target and each second prize winners will receive a $25.00 gift certificate to Target! Prizes will be awarded at the LSIA summer picnic on July 19.
Parade route below - Parade begins in the west bay near the public access at 3:00pm. Approximate (my humble best guess) times along route: midlake channel 3:40, Sunset Drive 4:00, Klaers farm end 4:20
LAKE SARAH PUBLIC ACCESS UPPER PARKING AREA RESTRIPED
The City of Independence striped the parking spots for trailer parking on Tuesday AM at the north end of Genaker Way. Spaces marked allows for 7 vehicle withboat trailers and 2 car / truck only spots. No parking is available along the roadway or the center of the cul-de-sac. Public Boat Access users should be advised that vehicles and trailers illegally parked are subject to possible fines.
27th Annual LSIA Summer Picnic and Summer General Membership meeting (Elections).
July 19, 2015 (Sunday)
Jorgenson's "Park" on Shady Beach Circle. Terry Wise is seeking contributions for the silent auction, email Terry if you can contribute!
The Lake Sarah Improvement Association is seeking nominations for Officer and Board positions to fill expiring terms. The nominees for the two year positions are considered and elected at the summer LSIA Membership meeting which will be held on Sunday July 19th at Ron & Mary Jorgenson's property on Shady Beach Circle. Positions to be filled include: Vice Presdent, Treasurer, Director - Community Relations, Director - Water Level / Safety / Navigation, Director - At Large. For more information or to suggest a nomination please contact Brent Lau.
Thank you to all our volunteers and supporters past, present and future!
THE CIRCUS IS COMING!
July 23, 2015 at Independence's Pioneer Park!
America's oldest family-owned Circus will spread some “Big Top Magic” when it rolls in to Independence’s Pioneer Park (Co. Rd. 90) on July 23rd! Showtimes are 4:30 & 7:30 p.m. The Circus is sponsored by the City of Independence.
This year, a very special offer makes it possible for kids under age 12 to see the all-new 79th Edition of the Carson & Barnes Circus for free when accompanied by a paying adult.
click on image to visit the C & B website
Special coupons that can be used at either of the two performances in Independence are available at the Independence City Hall and Maple Plain City Hall, area merchants and from the Carson & Barnes Circus website at www.BigTopShow.com. The Circus is presented in traditional American “Big Top” style and features amazing aerial artistry, daredevil motorcycle maniacs, and the world-famous Carson & Barnes Elephants. A giant menagerie of exotic animals from around the world is presented free of charge before each performance. Elephant and pony rides are available for a small charge on the Circus midway, along with many other exciting pre-show activitie.s
Carson & Barnes Circus is affordable for the entire family. Advance tickets are just $12.00 for Adults and $6.00 for Children under age 12. Prices are $16.00 for Adults and $10.00 for Children under age 12 when purchased on Circus show days. Show times are 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Questions? Contact Independence City Hall at 763-479-0527
Blue-green algae: If in doubt, stay out
Temperatures are going up, and in Minnesota, many of us are cooling down at our favorite lake. But be aware that these high temperatures coupled with rainfall washing excess nutrients into the water can combine to create harmful blue-green algae in lakes. This type of algae can harm pets, livestock, and even people.
Not all blue-green algae are toxic, but there is no visual way to predict whether a blue-green algal bloom contains toxins and is harmful to humans or animals. Harmful blooms often look like pea soup, green paint, or floating mats of scum, and they often have a bad odor.
“You don’t have to be an expert to recognize an algae bloom that might be harmful,” Heiskary said. “If it looks bad and smells bad, don’t take a chance. We tell people, if in doubt, stay out — if you are not sure, it’s best for people and pets to stay out of the water.”
Humans are rarely affected, probably because the unpleasant odor and appearance of a blue-green algal bloom tend to keep us out of the water. However, swimming in water with an algae bloom may cause skin rash, hives, runny nose, irritated eyes, and/or throat irritation. Swallowing water with an algae bloom may cause vomiting, diarrhea, or nausea; headache, throat irritation, or muscle pain.
Some safety tips for you - Don’t swallow, swim, or wade in water with blue-green algae. If you do come in contact with blue-green algae or if it gets on your skin, wash it off thoroughly, paying special attention to the swimsuit area.
Dog's worst friend - Dogs are at particular risk as they wade in shoreline areas where algae may accumulate, and can suffer from seizures and convulsions from exposure to toxic blue-green algae. If your pet comes in contact with an algae bloom, wash the algae off thoroughly to keep the pet from swallowing algae while licking its fur.
LSIA to treated Eurasian Watermilfoil (limited area) on June 25, 2015
Chemical (DMA-4) application was performed by Lake Restoration
LSIA recently applied for a permit and it was approved to treat Eurasian water milfoil (EWM) on the lake. Currently, EWM is growing actively along shorelines and shallow areas. You can see a great example of this along North Shore Drive where the EWM formed a patch that is matting along the surface. Several homeowners also have this along their shoreline.
The DNR restricts the area we can treat to 15% of our littoral acres which is roughly 50 acres to treat. Last week our third party consultant inspected the lake and identified the areas of greatest need. These 50 acres should cover almost everyone. Please see attached map for the areas we'll treat. The DNR also requires us to notify all residents of the upcoming treatment which will take place early next week. If you do NOT want to be apart of this treatment we need to know by Sunday, June 21st at 7pm.
Please be advised the restrictions of this product are:
- Drinking and irrigation -21 days - Swimming-none - Fishing-none
Joe Baker shows his 19.5" walleye caught on 6/14/15 in Sarah on a jig and a leech. Joe also caught a 17.5" the same day. Both fish were released. Clearly the result of our multiyear walleye stocking program!
Consider suporting our stocking program with a tax deductible contribution, contact Brent Lau for details or use the Paypal link below or on the Walleyes caught webpage.
If you catch a walleye in lake sarah please send us an emailwith size, date, and a photo if possible so we can continue to track our progress!
Help support continued walleye stocking on lake Sarah! Use the PayPal button on the right to donate to the LSIA Walleye stocking fund. Your tax deductible contribution will help us continue to build walleye populations in our lake!
The most recent water level reading was 978.85' (east bay) on July 1, 2015
This can be compared to the final reading last fall on November 8, 2014 of 978.76' 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! Detailed water level information and history can be found on the Water Levels page on this website.
Highest Level this year 979.02 on May 27, 2015 Highest Level ever recorded 982.40' on June 28, 2002
Lowest level this year 978.80' on May 3, 2015 Lowest level ever recorded 977.78' on August 10, 2007
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 2014-15 Minnesota Snowmobile Regs , Personal Watercraft Regs , 2015 MN Boating Guide , ATV/OHV Regs, or the 2015 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.