West Hennepin Public Safety has announced the dates for the 2018 Citizens Police Academy. The Citizens Police Academy will start on February 15, 2018 and will end with graduation on April 5, 2018. The Academy runs for eight weeks, one day a week, Thursday nights, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 pm.
The Citizens Academy is a FREE 24-hour block of instruction, sponsored by the Crime Fund, designed to give citizens knowledge about how your public safety department operates, our policies, procedures, programs and challenges. The classroom and hands on information covers: DWI and Traffic Enforcement, home security, use of deadly force which included a demonstration of the Taser Gun and FATS training (firearms simulation), Hennepin County Dispatch Center, Court procedures including testifying before a Judge and many other areas related to law enforcement.
People who live or work in the WHPS Service area (Independence & Maple plain) are encouraged to attend.
Cross Country Ski and Walking Trail returns! 1/5/2018
Ron Jorgenson has been busy prepping his Kubota UTV and trailgroomer has begun grooming the X-country ski trail around the lake near the shorelines. 2014 was the first year of his trails existence and it was nice to see people using it for skiing, snowshoeing and walking! The trail, a wide flat groomed path with 2 groves off center for traditional cross county touring and a groomed side for walking/snowshoeing is created by a custom made hydraulic groomer Ron created for this use.
Neighbors are asked to please avoid using the X-country trail for motorized vehicles, ATVs or snowmobiles as this makes the trail very difficult to maintain. Walkers and snowshoers should try to stay on the wider flat portions of the trail and off the ski grooves wherever possible and dog walkers are asked to police up pet waste just as they typically are required to do.
Thank you to Ron for donating his time and talents to provide this wonderful witer recreational opportunity for us to enjoy!
25" walleye 12/29/17 Ayden Fults
LARGEST WALLEYE SO FAR REPORTED CAUGHT IN LAKE SARAH
Caught by Ayden Fults (Lake Sarah Hgts) on Friday, December 29 as the sun was just starting to go down. Measured 25” and was thick and heavy!
Ayden has a YouTube channel called Ayden Outdoors where he posted a video of him putting this fish back in the water. He mentions its the biggest walleye caught on LS because we check the walleye catches every so often, and this was bigger than anything we’ve seen reported so far. Check out his YouTube channel, he’d love people to check out his videos (like the time we caught an owl on the east side of the lake)
WALLEYE STOCKING PROGRAM CLEARLY A SUCCESS
The first privately funded stocking of walleye fry in Lake Sarah occurred in Saturday May 20, 2006. Since that time this privately funded stocking program has introduced 290,000 walleye fry and 8,000 walleye fingerlings to lake Sarah. These photos of a 21.5' and a 25" stand as evidence of the success of this program!
Help support continued walleye stocking in lake Sarah! Click thePaypal 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!
21.5" walleye caught on Sarah's East bay by Brent Lau 12/26/2017
Lake Sarah welcomes 1000 new walleyes!
Scott Walsh reports this year's walleye fingerling stock occurred on Saturday October 21, 2017 with the introduction of 600 fingerlings near the landing and 400 near Shady Beach. The fingerlings which average 5-6" in length were purchased from the Ron Radermacher Ponds with a MN DNR permit.
The first privately funded stocking of walleye fry in Lake Sarah occurred on Saturday May 20, 2006. With funding from a few generous contributors and the help of Phil Kalleberg, Harold Burrows, Mike Peterson, and Joe Slavec, an estimate 90,000 walleye fry were transferred to Lake Sarah in the initial attempt to restore the walleye to our lake. For more on the history and success of our program visit the Walleyes Caught page on this website.
Earl Christy 21.5" June 9, 2017
On June 9th 2017, Earl Christy from rural Nebraska visited Lake Sarah and caught this 21.5" walleye Holding the fish is Earl's son Randy, and his grandson Jacob. Special thanks to Mary VanBeusekom for her pontoon that made this day possible.
Outlet cleanout channel dredged by City of Greenfield
In December 2017 Public works staff from the city of Greenfield cleared the channel lakeward of the old RR weir west to TRP property and deposited the spoils in an area designated by TRP until they can be hauled to a upland disposal site. The project will make it much easier during times of high water to direct loose bogs to a safe holding area thus keeping Sarah Creek flowing at peak when we need it most. Scott Walsh and the Lake assn along with Greenfield plan on getting a permit to chemically treat the adjacent cattail areas of the channel and creek to maintain a 15 foot wide channel as we have done in the past. By doing so we will have taken our best efforts to ensure we have done our best to reduce flooding, times of "no wake" and erosion and phosphorus releases. Thank you to Scott Walsh, Three Rivers Park District, and the City of Greenfield for their continued willingness to help us maintain our outlet channel!
photos courtesy of Scott Walsh
Lake Sarah finally froze over for the season on 12/7/17. We would note that Sarah iced over on 11/22/17 and reopened on 11/24/17.
The average Ice over date when calculated using the last 24 years of records as listed below is December 2. The earliest Ice over date was November 12 (1995) and the latest ice over date was December 21 (1998, 1999, 2001). This website uses remains frozen for the "season" for our records.
Past years Ice records can be found on the Ice On/Off page within this website.
The final surface water level reading for 2017 was 978.95' (east bay) on November 12
This can be compared to the initial reading this season of 979.07 on 4/1/17 and the final reading last fall on December 6, 2016 of 979.65' 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!
More information and historical data on water levels canbe found on the Water Levels page of 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 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 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.