Ribbon cutting ceremony September 1988. L to R: C.O. Jim Konrad, Gordy Peterson, Carl Peterson, Mark Bauman, Lawrence Bauman, Kelly Arents (seated), Marlin Kohnen, Loren Kohnen, Agnes Kohnen, Joanne Kohnen, Ervin Kohnen, Andy McClay. image courtesy of the Delano Sportsmens Club.
Original dedication sign created in 1988
New dedication sign added in 2016
Most visitors and residents who use the current public access on Lake Sarah in Hennepin County drive right past the sign pictured above without giving it much thought – assuming they noticed the sign at all. Many of the public landings in this great State are created and maintained by the Minnesota DNR, for some reason this one is an exception. It stands testament to the things people can create when working together to solve a problem.
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.
* 3 additional 5' x 12' panels were installed in September 2017 by the MN DNR to extend the ramp into deeper water to help with the propwash erosion that was ocurring at the end of the deepest panel.
Thank you to the City of Greenfield and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources!
CD3 (Clean - Drain - Dry - Dispose) Boat/Trailer Cleaning Station installed on 10/3/18 near lake Sarah public Access
Hennepin County, LSIA, and the City of Independence have arranged for the installation of a cleaning station on the west side of the circle above the lake Sarah Public access / boat landing. The station is equiped with solar powered lighting and tools to help boaters inspect and remove AIS from their boats and trailers as they leave lake Sarah.
The tools available on the station include a reaching / grabber tool, long handled brush, and a drain plug removal tool.
Thank you to Tony Brough and Hennepin County for their assistance in the customization of this station and for the grant funding that made this project possible.