26th Annual LSIA Picnic and the LSIA Summer General Membership meeting w/ LSIA Board and Officer Elections).
Jorgenson's "Park" on Shady Beach Circle.
photos provided by Mike Peterson & Brad Spencer
LSIA Officer & Board Elections 7/20/14
Congratulations and Thank you to the newest members elected to the LSIA Board! Elections were held at the July 20th Annual meeting. Officers and Directors elected at the meeting; Ron Jorgenson, Wade Bemmels, Greg Koopman, and Scott Heintzeman whose new terms will expire in 2016. Continuing with the Board for 2 more years; Brent Lau. Currently serving with remaining terms expiring in 2015 are: Matt Den Hartigh, Nate Uselding, Terry Wise, Ann Horn, Mike Peterson and Brent Foster. The membership and residents of the Lake Sarah Community appreciate your willingness to serve!
Departing Board members include Joe Baker who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in many areas but especially in that of pioneering the volunteer applied whole lake CLP weed treatment program and Scott Walsh who along with his work on the weed treatment program deserves huge accolades for his dedicated maintenance of the lake Sarah outlet channel. Thank you both for your years of service to our lake community!
18th ANNUAL INDEPENDENCE DAY BOAT PARADE July 4, 2014 - Lake Sarah
2014 Boat Parade Decorating Contest Winners!
Back to the Fifties theme category
1st Place - Dan Marineau / Nicole Rice
2nd Place - John & Terry Wise
1st place - Bemmel's family with the Statue of Liberty
2nd Place - Ron & Mary Jorgenson
Winners were announced at the 2014 LSIA summer meeting / picnic.
Thank you to this years' contest judges Scott & Shelley Heintzeman!
The most recent water level reading for 2014 was 979.65' on July 28 (east bay)
This elevation can be compared to the final reading last fall on November 17, 2013 of 978.95' and the Ordinary High Water Level for Sarah of 979.90'. The FEMA 100 year flood elevation for Sarah is 981.20' . 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!
Additional information regarding lake Sarah's water levels and historical water level data can be found on the Water Levels page on this website. Specific details regarding lake Sarah's No-Wake regulations during periods of high water levels can be found on the No-Wake Ordinance page.
1st Annual lake Sarah Bass Tournament!
Tournament will run from 9am- 1pm on July 20, 2014 (prior to the start of the picnic) with Start and End (Weigh in) at Joe Slavec’s Dock.
Payouts: Top 3 - Largest Bass and Top 3 – 3 Bag Limits (Dependent on Participation)
Persons under the age of 16 must fish with a parent or guardian. Persons under age of 18 are required to have parent or guardian also sign entry form. Interested teams should email Brent Lau
On July 7th at approximately 10:00PM Roger D. Van Beusekom a loving father, husband, grandfather and friend moved from this world to the next. Like everything in life he called the shots and did it his way. Roger was surrounded by his family including his wife Mary, two sons Mike & Pat, daughter-in-law Carol and brother Jeff.
The 57th issue of the Lake Sarah Improvement Association Newsletter was distributed via email on 7/10/14. This edition includes information about the annual picnic, water quality and the first ever LSIA Fishing tournament. Click here to download a copy in .pdf format. Past issues of the newsletter can be found on the LSIA Newsletter page on this website.
if you did not receive a copy of the newsletter directly and would like to, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org asking them to add your address to their distribution list or contact any LSIA Board Member.
DNR: Too many boaters not following aquatic invasive species laws Violation rate too high, ramped up enforcement July 11-13 weekend
This summer, the Department of Natural Resources is finding too many boaters and other water users taking unacceptable and illegal risks by transporting aquatic invasive species (AIS).
So far this season, watercraft inspectors have found more than 1,300 boaters at public water accesses with aquatic plants, invasive animals or water in or on their boats and equipment. If not stopped, these boaters could have infested other lakes.
In addition, DNR conservation officers have issued 169 citations and 375 warning tickets to boaters for AIS violations at enforcement check stations and public accesses. Fines range from $100 to $500.
MN DNR AIS Inspector / educator at Lake sarah's public access on June 27, 2014
“Far too many people are still not following the law,” said Greg Salo, DNR central region enforcement manager. "Some of these laws have been on the books for more than 15 years and yet we’re still seeing a 26 percent violation rate at enforcement check stations. That's unacceptable. Violators should know better by now.”
During the weekend of July 11-13, the DNR will make an extra push to enforce the law. Anglers and boaters can expect watercraft inspectors and stepped up patrols. DNR conservation officers will be checking boats and equipment to make sure everyone is following Minnesota’s AIS laws.
Minnesota currently has 175 water bodies infested with zebra mussels. “Every new infestation is extremely serious,” said Ann Pierce, DNR section manager for Ecological and Water Resources. “This means that it’s important for people to take responsibility, follow the laws, and protect the remaining more than 10,000 Minnesota waters. It’s still well worth the effort to protect the uncontaminated water bodies.”
In Minnesota is it illegal to:
Transport watercraft without the drain plug removed.
Arrive at lake access with drain plug in place.
Transport aquatic plants, zebra mussels, or other prohibited species, whether dead or alive.
Launch watercraft with prohibited species attached.
Transport water from Minnesota lakes or rivers.
Release live bait into the water.
All DNR-trained watercraft inspectors stationed around the state are authorized to help ensure boats and trailers are clean and free of AIS before entering or leaving a lake, river or other body of water. Whether they work for the DNR, or for a county or other local unit of government, inspectors are there to help make sure boaters are not in violation of AIS laws and protect our lakes and rivers.
More information, including a 25 minute video titled “Aquatic Invasive Species, Minnesota Waters at Risk,” is available at: www.mndnr.gov/AIS.
More interesting advertising ephemera from Lake Sarah's past recently found!
This colorful, and slightly bawdy, advertising matchbook cover is from the Shady Beach Inn during the period that it was owned by Milton (Mac) and Dorothy Makousky probably in the late 1950's. (click on image to view larger)
If you have any interesting advertising or postcards from lake Sarah's resort heydays that you'd be willing to share please contact or send an email to 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 (651) 773-5514, DNR Enforcement (651)296-6157, ororTIP (turn in poachers) toll free hotline 800-652-9093.Click the blue text for a copy of the 2013-14 Minnesota Snowmobile Regs , Personal Watercraft Regs , 2013 MN Boating Guide , ATV/OHV Regs, or the 2013 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.