Flowing Water at the outlet!Fall lake levels were higher than usual, water is still flowing out of the lake in the area of the weir - Northwest corner of the lake where the snowmobile trail enters. Dangerously thin ice conditions may persist in that area!
LET'S GO SKIING - THANKS RON!
The Ron Jorgenson Cross Country Ski and walking trail is groomed and ready to go for 2017! Once again Ron has established the trail around the perimeter of the lake with his custom trail groomer towed behind his tracked UTV - Thanks Ron!
Motorized ATVs and snowmobiles are asked to please stay off of the ski / walking trail - if you see Ron grooming the trail give him a wave and a thank you for his continued service to our lake neighborhood.
This beautiful 18" Lake Sarah walleye was caught on 12/28/16 by a friend of Jeff Pitzenberger. The same angler also reported a healthy 16" walleye caught on December 29.
Thanks for sending this photo Jeff! if you have photos of walleye caught in our lake Sarah please send them to email@example.com so we can keep track of the success of our stocking program.
an interview with
LSIA’s good friend and founder
Harold Burrows By Dolores Ullstrom
After more than 35 years on lake Sarah, Harold and Renee Burrows have sold their home on Fern Drive. Before moving he sat down with Dolores Ullstrom for a conversation about his history and memories of his service to our lake community.
History discovered! Two photo postcards (above) from the Shady Beach Inn's early days, one showing the dock & swim area and another showing the playground were recently donated to the website by the estate of John W. Thiede of Portage, Wisconsin. The unused postcard were found among John's possessions and a friend of his did a little online research to find someone who might appreciate them. These photos are undated so any assistance in identifying a likely timeframe would be greatly appreciated!
Thank you to Thomas Pierce of Sun Prairie Wisconsin for taking the time to find us, we will truly enjoy adding them to our lake Sarah history collection!
Lake Sarah officially froze over on December 10, 2016 as determined by our volunteer lake monitors. The average Ice over date when calculated using the last 24 years of records as listed on the ice on/off page is December 2. The earliest Ice over date was November 12 (1995) and the latest ice over date was December 21 (1998, 1999, 2001). Last year lake Sarah froze over quite late compared to the average on December 19, 2015.
The final water level reading for 2016 was 979.65' (east bay) on December 6, 2016
This can be compared to the final reading last fall on November 28, 2015 of 979.71' 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!
Highest Level this year 981.65' on September 26, 2016 Highest Level ever recorded 982.40' on June 28, 2002
Lowest level this year 978.79' on July 5, 2016 Lowest level ever recorded 977.78' on August 10, 2007
Water level data, info and records from previous years can be found on the Water Levels page on this website
1000 new walleye relocate to Lake Sarah!
Ron releasing walleye fingerlings at Klaers Farm on 10/25/16. photos by Brad Spencer
Ron Radermacher and LSIA's Brent Lau stocked 1000 walleye fingerlings on 10/25/16 this year. Ron placed the 5"-7" fingerlings in the east bay off Klaers Farm.
LSIA's Walleye stocking program has been reintroducing walleye to lake Sarah since May 2006 and has introduced 290,000 walleye fry and 7,000 walleye fingerlings to our lake since then. This program, funded entirely through contributions from lake Sarah neighbors, receives no funding or assistance other than the required permit from the MN DNR Dept of Fisheries.
Reports from fishermen in recent years have shown the program's initial success with fish in the 19"-22" range being reported fairly regularly now. If you catch a walleye in Sarah please measure and/or photograph your catch and email this website so we can continue to track the success of our program. Photos and notes are posted on the Walleye's caught! page on this website.
Thank you to all those who have contributed to the walleye program - this is only possible with your support! Also thank you to Brent Lau who has been our stocking program lead for the last 4 years and to Ron Radermacher who has been our supplier of fingerlings since 2010. Lets keep this program going!
Help support continued walleye stocking on lake Sarah! Use the PayPal button at right to donate to the LSIA Walleye stocking fund. Your tax deductible contribution will help us continue to build walleye populations in our lake!
Public Access Improvements
Old concrete landing planks after removal
8 New 5' x 12' concrete planks installed 9/21-23/16. photos by Brad Spencer
The new larger concrete panels form a longer, smoother boat launching ramp
In addition to the new signage added to our public access in Spring 2016 by Hennepin County, the in water concrete boat launching ramp was replaced during a short access closure on September 21-23, 2016. The original concrete planks were installed in September 1988 and then repaired and relayed in 1997. After 28 years of service they were in need of updating. The 8 much larger new concrete panels which are approximately 5' x 12' each were supplied by the Minnesota DNR and installed jointly with the City of Greenfield who owns and maintains the public access. The newly refreshed Kohnen Memorial Landing should serve lake Sarah residents and visitors for many years to come.
Thank you to the City of Greenfield and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources!
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.