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Record earliest ICE OUT on Lake Sarah!
(followed by the earliest ice over / refreeze 1/12/17)
Consensus opinion of our monitors determined the Ice officially went out on Sarah on Tuesday March 7, 2017. Prior to this year the earliest ice-out date in our records was March 9, 2000, the average ice out date is April 8. Last year the ice went out very early also on March 15, 2016. (for our purposes, "Ice Out" is defined as the first day the lake is substantially free of ice.) Thanks to our lake monitor volunteers!
More information and historic Ice over and Ice out records can be found on the Ice Data page on this website.
Once-rare pelicans on yearly return to Minnesota
American white pelicans migrating north
American white pelicans are making their yearly migration to Minnesota about two weeks early this year, according to the Department of Natural Resources. With bright white plumage, a nine-foot wingspan, and bright orange bill, the once-threatened species ranks among the largest birds in the world. Its graceful flight, pouch-like throat, and awkward gait makes it a favorite among bird watchers.
The pelicans spend winters along the Gulf Coast from Florida to Mexico and typically return to Minnesota in early spring as the thawing of lakes and rivers allow.
“Southern and western Minnesota’s prairie pothole lakes are native habitat for American white pelicans,” said DNR nongame wildlife specialist Lisa Gelvin-Innvaer. “In fact, more than one-fifth of all pelicans in North America will nest in western Minnesota alone.”
Shallow lakes with islands are generally ideal for pelican nesting grounds, and have abundant food sources, which typically will be the plentiful rough fish and crustaceans found in prairie pothole lakes. Pelicans typically live in large colonies and use teamwork to gather food, much to the delight of bird-watchers. Pelicans will group up and swim in a semicircle to herd their prey into shallow water before scooping up fish and water in their beak pouch.
City of Independence road restrictions on City roads beginning Wednesday Feb 22 until further notice. City paved roads are restricted to a maximum of five-ton per axle weight, City gravel roads are restricted to a maximum of four-ton axle weight. http://independence.govoffice.com/
City of Greenfield weight restrictions were enforceable as of Friday February 17th. All paved roads are posted at 5 tons per axle with the exception of Lee Street and Pioneer Trail (South of County Road 50). http://www.ci.greenfield.mn.us/
For other Cities or County road restrictions check individual organizations websites
12.5" walleye caught on super bowl Sunday on lake Sarah
A timely reminder for all of us to support the walleye stocking program when we renew our LSIA Memberships!
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!
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!
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.