On October 25, the West Hennepin Chamber of Commerce will be host to the Boo Market. The market will feature all sorts of scary fun like: pumpkin decorating, cookie decorating, bounce house, costume contest crafts and more! Join us at the Maple Plain Food Center parking lot, from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., located at 1500 Howard Avenue, Maple Plain.
The community is renowned for having beautiful spacious lots, long driveways, and farms; making it less than ideal for trick-or-treaters to go door-to-door, especially with Minnesota’s unpredictable weather. So, the City is offering a safer and easier way to allow your little ghosts and goblins a way to go trick-or-treating. The City staff is asking residents to come to City Hall with your car trunks decorated and be ready to hand out treats to the kids walking car-to-car.
The Hours to Trunk-or-Treat (trick-or-treat) will be from 5PM to 7:30PM Thursday, October 30th, at City Hall - 1920 County Road 90, Independence, MN 55359
Please register to attend or volunteer by mailing the attached registration form or by completing the online application. The Application Deadline is Wednesday, October 22nd. Please complete and return the application to: City of Independence, 1920 County Road 90, Independence, MN 55359
Daylight Saving Time (United States) 2014 began at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 9 and ends at 2:00 AM on Sunday, November 2
QUESTION OF THE WEEK- When does lake Sarah usually freeze?
The average Ice over date when calculated using the last 24 years of this website's records is December 2. The earliest Ice over date was November 12 (1995) and the latest ice over date was December 21 (1998, 1999, 2001). Last year lake Sarah froze over on November 24, 2013.
Lake Sarah Improvement Association Fall Newsletter has been recently delivered via email. If you did not receive a copy you can download it here in .pdf format. October 2014 Newsletter.Past issues of the newsletter are archived on the LSIA Newsletters page of this website.
Please inspect for zebra mussels this fall!
Fall dock and equipment removal time is soon upon us! We want to remind folks to inspect all water-related equipment when it is removed from the water at the end of the season. Boat lifts and docks are of particular concern because they sit in the water for extended periods, giving adult zebra mussels a greater opportunity to attach themselves.
Immediately report any suspected zebra mussel discoveries to the local DNR area office. The primary contact for aquatic invasive species (AIS) issues in our region is Keegan Lund 651.259.5828
Lakeshore owners should also keep in mind that moving docks and boat lifts from one lake to another is a serious issue. State law requires that all boat lifts, docks and swim rafts removed from any lake, river or stream remain out of the water for 21 days before being placed into another water body.
Please be extra vigilent when moving boats and equipment to and from infested lakes!
The most recent water level reading for 2014 was 979.16' on October 5 (east bay)
This elevation can be compared to the final reading last fall on November 17, 2013 of 978.95' and the Ordinary High Water Level for Sarah of 979.90'. The FEMA 100 year flood elevation for Sarah is 981.20' . 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!
Additional information regarding lake Sarah's water levels and historical water level data can be found on the Water Levels page on this website. Specific details regarding lake Sarah's No-Wake regulations during periods of high water levels can be found on the No-Wake Ordinance page.
LSIA Officer & Board Elections 7/20/14
Congratulations and Thank you to the newest members elected to the LSIA Board! Elections were held at the July 20th Annual meeting. Officers and Directors elected at the meeting; Ron Jorgenson, Wade Bemmels, Greg Koopman, and Scott Heintzeman whose new terms will expire in 2016. Continuing with the Board for 2 more years; Brent Lau. Currently serving with remaining terms expiring in 2015 are: Matt Den Hartigh, Nate Uselding, Terry Wise, Ann Horn, Mike Peterson and Brent Foster. The membership and residents of the Lake Sarah Community appreciate your willingness to serve!
Departing Board members include Joe Baker who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in many areas but especially in that of pioneering the volunteer applied whole lake CLP weed treatment program and Scott Walsh who along with his work on the weed treatment program deserves huge accolades for his dedicated maintenance of the lake Sarah outlet channel. Thank you both for your years of service to our lake community!
Eurasian Watermilfoil Treatment (limited area) applied in mid-August
LSIA was granted an opportunity to treat a limited amount of Eurasion Water Milfoil (EWM), in addition to the earlier treatment for Curlyleaf pondweed. This limited EWM treatment was permitted by the DNR for up to 15 acres. LSIA was also fortunate to receive a DNR grant of $2,000 to help purchase the product, and with some product LSIA has on hand from the 2012 pilot EWM treatment, the full cost of this treatment will be covered by the LSIA.
The treatment was applied on 8/12 and 8/13 and was again applied by LSIA volunteers.
Click here to view a map of areas to be treated. The areas selected were recommended to us by our independent consultant as the areas where the highest concentration of EWM is occurring – and yet also where most everyone should benefit from a noticeably better boating and recreational experience. Even if this treatment is not directly inline with your lakeshore it will reduce the spreading of EWM and incrementally improve the overall quality of Lake Sarah.
You will notice that a fair amount of the EWM is located near to the shoreline, where treatment occurs within 150 feet of the shoreline, LSIA will place treatment notices / signs along the shore.
Residents should understand that EWM is not the only weed that is currently matting the surface, as we have a lot of native Coontail as well. This treatment should be effective on EWM, however, at the dosage rate we’ll be using, is not intended to kill the Coontail. As the EWM plants are quite mature, it could take up to 3 weeks to see the full effects of treatment. If there are further questions – or concerns, feel free to call Joe Baker at 612.868.8702. More information on the weed control program can be found on the CLP Treatment program page.
2014 LSIA Picnic
Sunday July 20, 2014
26th Annual LSIA Picnic and the LSIA Summer General Membership meeting w/ LSIA Board and Officer Elections).
Jorgenson's "Park" on Shady Beach Circle.
Additional photos provided by Mike Peterson & Brad Spencer can be found on the Picnic page in the Lake sarah Events section of this website.
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 (651) 773-5514, DNR Enforcement (651)296-6157, ororTIP (turn in poachers) toll free hotline 800-652-9093.Click the blue text for a copy of the 2013-14 Minnesota Snowmobile Regs , Personal Watercraft Regs , 2013 MN Boating Guide , ATV/OHV Regs, or the 2013 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.