Dark houses, fish houses and portables must be off the ice (in the lake Sarah half (southern) of MN) no later than midnight March 4, 2019. County sheriffs may prohibit or restrict the use of motorized vehicles if dangerous ice conditions are present.
If shelters are not removed, owners will be prosecuted, and the structure and contents 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.
Fishing Licese reminder - 2018 MN Fishing Licenses expire on February 28, 2019. A 2019 Fishing license may be purchased at the usual locations and online after February 18.
March 9, 2019 (Saturday) - Ice Cleanup Day - weather and ice conditions permitting, meet at public landing at 10am. (weather alternate 3/16)
Happy New Year! Time to renew your LSIA Membership!
Help support continued walleye stocking in lake Sarah! Click the Paypal button at right to donate to the stocking program with any major credit card or bank balance transfer. Your tax deductible donations are greatly appreciated!
Cross Country Ski and Walking Trail returns! 2/3/2019
Since the winter of 2014 Ron Jorgenson had prepped his Kubota UTV and trailgroomer groomed the X-country ski trail around the lake near the shorelines.
The trail, a wide flat groomed path with 2 groves in the center for traditional cross county ski touring and flat areas adjacent to the ski track for walkers/runners, is created by a custom made hydraulic groomer Ron purchased and modified for this use.
Since Ron's untimely passing last year, Larry Nystul and Mary Jorgenson have decided to continue grooming Ron's trail in his memory.
Ron in his original trailgroomer 2/1/2014
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 Larry Nystul for donating his time and talents to maintain Ron's wonderful tradition and to Mary Jorgenson for her continuing generosity to her lake Sarah area neighbors! Know that we all miss Ron and continue to keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
Art Mielke's Ice Harvesting video re-edited to add narration from Art Mielke
From 1939 until 1974 the Mielke family of the Breezy Hill Resort cut ice blocks during the winter on Sarah for use at all the resorts, dance hall, Delano & Rockford creameries & the Delano 4th of July celebration. Art's sister Irene filmed home movies in the 1960's of the Mielkes making ice, combining and transferring them to videotape more recently. Now converted to digital, the movie showing Art's family and friends cutting, loading and storing ice blocks (kegs) can be easily shared. By clicking on the thumnails above you may view larger images with expanded descriptions captured from the original video. The original video has now been edited to add narration from an interview with Art by Brad Spencer and Mark Hodges. click here to view the ice harvesting video including narration by Art Mielke (posted to YouTube). Click here to read the entire Ice Harvesting article as published in the October 2007 Mouth of Lake Sarah newsletter.
Mielke family harvesting Ice from Lake Sarah
Lake Sarah Wier surveyed
In response to inquiries over the summer of 2018 regarding the runout level of the cablecrete mat located at the Sarah creek outlet, LSIA asked Three Rivers Park staff to do a cross section elevation survey of the wier. The results could then be used to compare to the original as-built survey in an effort to determine if the runout control had changed or settled since it's installation.
The survey accessible via the link below compares very closely to the original as-built cross section survey. Thank you to Three Rivers Park and to Amy Timm, Water Resources Supervisor - Three Rivers Park District.
cable crete mat at Sarah Creek outlet shortly after installation in 2005 - phot by Brad Spencer
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 2017-18 Minnesota Snowmobile Regs , Personal Watercraft Regs , 2018 MN Boating Guide , ATV/OHV Regs, or the 2017 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.