LAKE SARAH WINTERFEST Winterfest will be held on Saturday, February 28, 2015!
lakeside at Brent & Heidi Foster's home (Northwest side of the Mid-lake channel)
Family Activities:Ice Bowling, Ice Bocce, Kickball, Mini-Golf, Ice Skating, Snowmobile Rides, Hamburgers / Hot Dogs / Hot cocoa
Team Activities:Broomball Tournament* (1-5 PM), o 5 v 5 with Goalie Pond Hockey Tournament* (5-9 PM), o 4 v 4 (no goalies)
RSVP to Brent Foster by February 16th to confirm your team participation. All Activities are FREE and provide FUN FOR ALL AGES!! MEET YOU ON THE LAKE! *all team activities require signed consent by all team members or parental guardians. Consent available for print here, or upon arrival.
Ice fishing shelter removal dates fast approaching – March 2nd on our lake Sarah!
Deadlines for removing fish houses, dark houses and portable shelters from state waterways are rapidly approaching, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Anglers are advised to remove shelters earlier if ice conditions warrant.
Dates of removal are determined by a west-to-east line formed by U.S. Highway 10 starting at the Minnesota-North Dakota border, then east along Highway 34 to Minnesota Highway 200, east along Highway 200 to U.S. Highway 2, and east along Highway 2 to the Minnesota-Wisconsin border. Shelters south of this line must be removed no later than 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 2. DNR officials say if shelters are not removed, owners will be prosecuted and structures may be confiscated and removed, or destroyed by a conservation officer.
After removal dates, shelters may remain on the ice between midnight and one hour before sunrise only when occupied or attended. Storing or leaving shelters on a public access is prohibited. Learn more online.
2015 Fishing Regulations Effective March 1
Anglers, hunters and trappers are reminded that 2014 fish, game and trapping licenses expire on Saturday, Feb. 28. The 2015 regulations also take effect March 1 and will be available online March 1.
13th ANNUAL GUESS THE ICE-OUT DATE CONTEST
ENTRY PERIOD MARCH 1 THROUGH MARCH 15, 2015
2015 Official Contest rules:One entry per person (yes each [human] family member may have their own guess). Please indicate entrants who are under age 16.
The prizes for the 2015 Ice Out Contest winners are: Adult winner (16 and older) - $100 gift certificate to an area restaraunt (establishment to be determined). Youth winner (age 15 and under) - $50 gift card to a retailer of the winners choice (Toys'r'us., Target, All Season Sports, best Buy, Amazon, etc) - courtesy of the Spencer Family and lakesarah.com.
Eligible households must be in the immediate lake Sarah area (Loretto, Independence, Greenfield, Rockford, Maple Plain).
Entries must have been received between March 1, 2015 and midnight March 15, 2014.
Entries will be posted on theIce Out Contest webpage (left menu, 2nd from top) as soon as administratively possible, entrants are encouraged to check for already chosen dates and if desired to select dates that have not yet been chosen.
LSIA membership is not required to enter.
The 2015 Official Ice Out date is defined as the day Lake Sarah is judged completely free of ice by a consensus of opinions by Mike Peterson, Tim Wuollet, & Brad Spencer.
Any ties will be decided by a drawing of correct entries.
Contest sponsored by the Spencer family & Lakesarah.com. Contest rules, terms and conditions are subject to change without notice.
HISTORIC ICE OUT DATES FOR LAKE SARAH (27-0191)
These ice out dates were compiled from years of observations by lake Sarah residents Tim Wuollet,Kathy Hahn and Mike Peterson. The definition of "Ice Out" applied here is the date upon which the lake is judged completely free of ice. Thanks to Kathy, Tim and Mike for providing their data for our use!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Ice Cleanup Day is scheduled for Saturday March 14, 2015
Each year, typically on the first Saturday following the ice shelter removal deadline, Volunteers comb the lake ice for trash and discarded materials before the ice melts and deposits 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!
Lake Sarah Improvement Association 2015 Membership Drive
The 2015 LSIA membership drive has begun! Please consider either renewing your annual membership or if you are new to the area join us! It’s a great way to support a variety of projects to improve the quality of Lake Sarah and get to know your neighbors.
The dues for 2015 will remain at $35.00. Your annual membership fee helps support:
Water quality improvement projects
Informational events and causes that support Lake Sarah
The Neighborhood Directory
The vitality of the fishery
Three yearly membership meetings
The annual summer community picnic
July 4th boat parade/decorating contest
Additional membership benefits include; Discounted residential trash pickup services from Randy’s Sanitation and Home delivered softener salt and drinking water from Finken Water Systems (see information on the LSIA Group Discount Programs page)
Click the Buy Now button on the left to pay your dues with any major credit card or via bank transfer.
Lake Sarah Neighborhood Directory LSIA would like to update the neighborhood directory once again. We know that we have some new neighbors to include and that some information may need to be updated. If you are new to the area please email LSIA your name, address and a phone number. LSIA DOES NOT publish their email list. The email list is used for general correspondence to help keep you informed of current events and information regarding Lake Sarah. The directory is distributed by email or hard copy (if requested) to Lake Sarah area neighbors. An updated copy of the directory will be emailed in February so please send us your changes/additions soon! Any question? Please feel free to contact Anne Horn (click here email Anne).
Cross Country Ski and Walking Trail returns!
Ron Jorgenson has been busy prepping his Kubota UTV and trailgroomer and will soon begin grooming the X-country ski trail around the lake near the shorelines. Last year was the first year of his trails existence and it was nice to see people using it for skiing, snowshoeing and walking! The trail, a wide flat groomed path with 2 groves in the center for traditional cross county touring, is created by a custom made hydraulic groomer Ron purchased and modified for this use.
This year the trail will be marked in several places with yellow signs so it is easier to distinguish from the State (grant-in-aid) snowmobile trail that crosses in the middle of the lake. Neighbors are asked to please avoid using the X-country trail for motorized vehicles, ATVs or snowmobiles as this makes the trail very diffficult to maintain. Walkers and snowshoers should try to stay on the wider flat portions of the trail and off the ski grooves wherever possible.
Thank you to Ron for donating his time and talents to provide this wonderful winter recreational opportunity for us to enjoy! More photos and back story on Ron and his trail groomer can be found on the Ski Trail page on this website.
More walleye introduced to lake Sarah!
Brent, Sarah, and Zachary Lau met with Ron Rademacher of Rademacher Fish Farms on October 21, 2014 to stock Lake Sarah with approximately1000 walleye fingerlings ranging from 3-7 inches.
Brent would like to extend a special thanks to all those who contributed to the Walleye Fund which enables this stocking effort to take place. - Brent Lau, LSIA VP and Fishery Chair
The lake Sarah Walleye stocking program began in 2006 and walleye have been stocked subsequently in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2013. Our program is supported solely through private donations and volunteers. The stocking is permitted by, but without any financial support from the MN DNR. For more information and photos of walleye caught as a result of the program visit the Walleyes Caught page on this website. If you catch a walleye in Sarah, please send a photo and information about the catch so we can track our progress. email Brad.
If you'd like to help with the program please see the donation information below or contact any LSIA Board member.
Help support continued walleye stocking on lake Sarah! Use the PayPal button (on right) to donate to the LSIA Walleye stocking fund. Your tax deductible contribution will help us continue to build walleye populations in our lake!
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 2014-15 Minnesota Snowmobile Regs , Personal Watercraft Regs , 2014 MN Boating Guide , ATV/OHV Regs, or the 2014 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.