Whole Lake No-Wake restriction in effect as of Tuesday 9/27/2016.
During periods of unusually high water, all watercraft and aircraft operating on Lake Sarah will be required to observe minimum wake rules over the entire lake. The ordinance becomes effective when the water level exceeds 981.10 feet above sea level at the MNDNR gauge for a period of 3 consecutive days.
Please be considerate of flooded shorelines and equipment. Watch for floating or submerged debris.
The most recent water level reading was 981.65' (east bay) on September 26, 2016
This can be compared to the FEMA 100 Year Flood elevation of 981.20', 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
LAKE SARAH NEWS
Last Updated September 27, 2016
LOST & FOUND
High water levels are really messing with docks and equipment around the lake. If you are missing items or have found someone else's stuff email me and I'll post it here. Use your Directory for contact information if you need to scontact someone listed here, if you don't have one email me and I'll get contact info to you.
Bridget Vanyo reports several sections of white plastic dock decking floated away (west side of Lake Sarah Heights Circle).
Brady Anderson is missing a long 4 x 4 stained brown (west side of Lake Sarah Heights Circle)
Joy Spielmann is missing two kids plastic picnic tables; one grey, one multi-colored. Both floated off their beach
Hennepin County grant $ available for individual water quality BMP projects!
Hennepin County is taking applications through November 4,2016 for Good Steward Grants to assist in completing small BMPs and other practices to improve water quality, enhance natural areas and promote environmental stewardship.
Grants are available to landowners, which include individuals, government organizations, nonprofit organization and businesses, for projects that preserve and restore the county’s natural resources. These grants support projects that preserve and restore natural areas and reduce the amount of nutrients and sediment flowing into lakes, streams and rivers while engaging residents in natural resource management issues. Good steward grants are primarily for smaller projects that improve water quality, enhance natural areas and promote environmental stewardship to the community. A typical grant amount is $5,000 to $15,000, with a maximum amount of $25,000. http://www.hennepin.us/residents/environment/natural-resources-funding
Dock & Equipment removal time = Check for Zebra Mussels
An open letter from Paul Austin - Conservation Minnesota
Dear lakeshore property owner,
It's hard to believe the state fair is over, kids have started school, and summer is coming to an end. Every year, time at the cabin goes by more quickly, and each moment is more precious than the last. We know, that as a continued member of Conservation Minnesota, you care about our seasons, waters, and way of life here in Minnesota, and that is why we wanted to provide you with a quick and easy way to help ensure the health of our lakes and rivers.
Checking lakes for invasive species like Zebra Mussels and Starry Stonewort can sometimes feel difficult - do you have the right equipment? Do you know what to look for? Where do you start? Thankfully, it doesn't need to be the difficult process some think.
If you have a dock, boat lift, or other items in the water that get removed, you can help check for zebra mussels and other invasive species - it's quick and easy.
As you are removing your dock, lifts, and other items for the close of the season, please look them over carefully. Check for unusual items - especially ones that look like this (zebra mussels). Also check the water surrounding your items to make sure invasive plants or algae, such as starry stonewort, are not growing in the area. If you find anything, even if you aren't sure what it is, take a picture and send a description along with your contact information to either firstname.lastname@example.org or the Minnesota DNR . Together we can help to identify aquatic invasive species and keep our lakes and rivers healthy for generations to come.
Together we can protect the Minnesota you love.
Paul Austin Executive Director
2016 Lake Sarah Picnic
2016 Lake Sarah Neighborhood Picnic
Sunday July 17 2-5pm
The 28th annual picnic was held at Jorgenson’s park on Shady Beach Circle. Kubb Tournament, games for the kids, bounce house, a brief LSIA meeting and lots of food.
Picnic photos courtesy of Mike Peterson - Thanks Mike!
Welcome New LSIA Board Members!
Election of Director's and Board members was held at the LSIA Summer picnic on 7/17/16.
Lake Sarah Improvement Association Board of Directors notes departing Directors; Ron Jorgenson, Greg Koopman, Brent Lau. Thank you for your service to our lake community!
LSIA welcomes our newly elected Board members; Kent Roers, Mike Malone, and Scott Walsh! Melissa Ulberg also joined the Board recently serving as the new LSIA Treasurer. Thanks for volunteering to serve our community!
LSIA's July Newsletter was recently sent via email to addresses in the lake association's email distribution list. if you didn't receive your copy you can download one here in .pdf format. July 2016 Newsletter - Issue 63
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.