THE WEST HENNEPIN PUBLIC SAFETY RESERVES ARE SPONSORING THE 35th ANNUAL “VIEW SANTA”PROGRAM.
IT WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5th, 2015. THE RESERVES WILL ALSO COLLECT NONPERISHABLE FOOD DONATIONS FOR LOCAL FOOD SHELVES.
COME TO THE INDEPENDENCE CITY HALL PARKING LOT (1920 COUNTY ROAD 90) FROM 3:45 TO 4:15 P.M. OR TO NORTHSIDE PARK (1664 BUDD AVENUE) FROM 5:15 TO 5:45 P.M. TO MEET SANTA AND TAKE PHOTOS, OR SEE SANTA ON HIS ROUTE THROUGH TOWN.
4:15-5:00pm on Saturday, December 12th, 2015 featuring Kira Isabella and Doc Walker. This year will mark the 17th anniversary of the Holiday Train stopping in Loretto as it makes its way across Canada and the US raising donations for food shelves. In 2014, the Loretto Holiday Train event raised over $28,000 and 7,000 lbs. of food for our local food shelves in Hanover, Rockford, Delano and Maple Plain.
21st Century Bank will again this year match up to $2500 total combined collected dollars bank wide for the area food shelves they serve. Stop in the bank and make your contribution for the match.
Missing a dock section?
Fran Bogema reports a floating dock has appeared on her shoreline (5600 block of Lake Sarah Heights Drive) delivered by last weeks high winds. if you are missing this runaway floater please contact Fran (# in the Driectory) or email this website.
Question of the week
When will lake Sarah freeze over? This year's warmer temps argue for a later than average ice year.
The average Ice over date when calculated using the last 24 years of records as listed on the Ice Over data webpage is December 2. The earliest Ice over date was November 12 (1995) and the latest ice over date was December 21 (1998, 1999, 2001).
Recent years Ice Over dates:
2012 - December 11
2013 - November 24
2014 - November 15
The most recent water level reading was 979.71' (east bay) on November 21, 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 979.21 on July 24, 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
Walleye Stocking continues!
Volunteers from the Lake Sarah Improvement Association (LSIA) stocked our lake with another 1000 walleye fingerlings on 10/24/15. LSIA Directors Brent Lau and Reid Lau worked with Ron Rademacher to place these walleyes into the lake.
ThankYou to Brent & Reid to all the lake neighbors who contribute to our increasing walleye population!
Help support continued walleye stocking on lake Sarah! Use the PayPal button on right to donate to the LSIA Walleye stocking fund. Your tax deductible contribution will help us continue to build walleye populations in our lake!
Reports of occasional walleye catches have been helpful as it allows us to monitor the growth and survival of previously stocked fish.Unfortunately, there is no easy way to measure to what degree we have been successful. If you catch a walleye in lake Sarah please email this site with date, location, and size of the fish caught. Remember, all contributions to this fund are tax deductible!
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LSIA Fall Newsletter is out!
The October 2015Lake Sarah newsletter has been emailed to members and neighbors, if you did not receive a copy directly you can request addition to the email distribution list by emailing email@example.com. You may also download a copy here by clicking this link October 2015 newsletter in .pdf.
Past issues of the Lake Sarah newsletter are available for download on the LSIA Newsletter page on this website.
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.