The most recent water level reading was 979.41' (east bay) on May 1, 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!
Water level data, info and records from previous years can be found on the Water Levels page on this website
Contribute to the 2016 CLP and EWM whole lake treatment program here
Riparian property owners are being asked to contribute $250 to this years program. If you would like to make your contribution online via paypal, just click on the button to the right. If you prefer to pay by check, the mailing address is LSIA, P.O. Box 25, Loretto, MN 55357.
LSIA Thanks you for your support of this important multi year effort!
Change the no-wake ordinance? What's that about?
Recently emails have circulated from the LSIA with a reference to proposed changes to the no-wake ordinance and calling for concerned residents to attend upcoming City Council meetings "to express your opinion". No details about the pending discussions were included in the email so several residents have emailed and called asking what those changes might be and whether or not they should be concerned. Here is the elevator summary, if you have more questions or need more specifics please contact the Independence or Greenfield City Halls or feel free to email this website.
The primary issue is with inconsistencies in the methods for implementation (3 days above 981.10), and removal (presumably immediately when level drops below 981.10).
The problem left the Cities with practical difficulties at the time of removal of the restriction when the water level receded to the trigger level on weekends or when city offices were closed and the quick changes from in-force to off and back when the water level fluctuated near the trigger level. It was noted there was no significant confusion upon implementation with 3 days to communicate the transition but plenty of problems with some lake users expecting immediate removal. This caused significant “unrest” and pressure on volunteer water level readers and upon City staff in both Cities.
The discussions produced a possible solution which would amend the ordinance in both Greenfield and Independence making the removal process match implementation by having the ordinance removal trigger be the same as implementation, “3 consecutive days below the trigger level” which would allow for time for proper public and law enforcement notice and align this ordinance procedure with other similar ordinances such as the one governing no-wake on lake Independence. The DNR also requested some language cleaned up relating to administrator discretion.
A New Emergency Communication Network is now available to residents of Independence and Maple Plain to ALERT, and INFORM Residents.
CodeRED is an emergency notification service that allows emergency and city officials to notify residents and businesses by telephone, cell phone, text message and social media regarding time-sensitive general and emergency notifications. This service is easy to sign up for and will provide a direct line of communication with our residents. Communications will range from emergencies to public hearing notifications.
Register Now: simply click on the CodeRED logo at left
March 2016 - Lake neighbor and amazing drone pilot Todd Zaugg recently performed a video inspection of the lake Sarah outlet channel with ground assist from Scott Walsh and posted the video to YouTube. If you've ever been curious as to what the outlet channel looks like heres your chance to check it out. Amazing job Todd - Thanks!
A $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the individuals responsible and recovery of the bell will be paid by the Spencer Family.
Anyone with information leading to the apprehension of the thieves and recovery of this unreplaceable piece of lake Sarah History should contact West Hennepin Public Safety at 763-479-0500.
The bell, weighing well over 100# is a 1890's cast steel 26' diameter schoolbell with B N Co. Cinn OH on the mounting hardware. It was stolen from the shoreline at 4510 Shady Beach Circle sometime in late February and probably hauled out over the ice.
The old Shady Beach Bell was formely used at the Anderson Inn / Shady Beach Resort in the 1920's and cannot be replaced. You can read about the bell in previously published articles and recent news coverage.
If you saw anyone hauling a bell across the lake please contact West Hennepin Public Safety 763-479-0500
This photo from 2008 shows the bell in it's home on the Spencer Family shoreline with Ron LaMotte, grandson of the previous owners of the Shady Beach Resort
this photo shows the bell in its former home at the Shady Beach Inn in the 1950's with Ron Lamotte as a young man
PLEASE HELP US RECOVER THIS PIECE OF LAKE SARAH'S HISTORY!
ICE CLEANUP DAY 2016 WAS HELD ON SATURDAY MARCH 5
Volunteers included Kraig Smeby, Tom Larson, Nate Uselding, Scott Walsh, Mike Peterson, Cody Johnson met at the landing / public access at 10:00am. In addition to checking the lake ice fr garbage the volunteers picked up lots of trash from the landing area. Thank you to everyone who showed up and anyone who's name I might have missed!
Each spring, Volunteers comb the lake ice for trash and discarded materials before the ice melts, depositing the garbage into our lake. Plan on spending a few hours with us that day - every little bit helps! Thank you to all the folks who volunteer their time each year!
Calling all history buffs! The newly formed Greenfield Historical Society is looking for history specific to Greenfield / Greenwood area of western Hennepin County www.greenfieldhs.com. They have started building a website and are meeting monthly, contact any member via their website if you wish to participate or have old memories or memorabilia to share!
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 (763) 432-0833, 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.