With the recent weather fluctuation and inconsistent ice conditions, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is urging everyone to think twice before going out on the ice.
“Ice is never 100 percent safe,” said Maj. Greg Salo, DNR enforcement operations manager. “Don’t put yourself in needless danger. Check ice conditions before venturing out. No fish is worth unnecessary risks.”
Anglers and snowmobilers need to be cautious. Several ATV’s, trucks and fish houses have gone through the ice in recent days. Ice that is 6 inches thick in one area may only be an inch thick in another location.
So far this year, one person has died after going through the ice. Last winter, three people died after falling through thin ice.
Salo recommends anyone heading out on the ice should: carry a set of ice picks, check with a local bait shop or resort— ask about ice conditions— and measure the ice.
If ice at the shoreline is cracked or squishy, stay off. Don’t go on the ice during thaws. Avoid honeycombed ice, dark snow, and dark ice.
Ice is generally thinner where there is moving water, such as inlets and outlets, bridge abutments, islands, and objects that protrude through the ice.
The DNR clear ice thickness recommendations are:
Four inches for walking.
Five inches for a snowmobile or ATV.
Eight-12 inches for a car.
12-15 inches for a medium-sized truck.
Three Rivers Parks Cross-country Ski Conditions Click the above link to check out trail conditions and then stride into action at a park near you.
Local Cross-country Ski Trail Conditions as of December 5, 2014
Baker Park Reserve - The ski trails, ski chalet, sliding hill, and multi-use trail are CLOSED. Updated 12/4/14
Carver Park Reserve - All trails are CLOSED. Updated 12/4/14
Park hours are 5:00 AM–10:00 PM. Facility hours vary, see individual listings. For additional information, call the Trail Hotline at 763.559.6778. Ski trail maps are available on each park web page.
Drive safely this snowmobile season – take the snowmobile safety course!
As another snowmobile season gets underway, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages snowmobilers to get this season off to a smooth, safe start.
Snowmobile trails in Minnesota opened Dec. 1.
Minnesota residents born after Dec. 31, 1976, must complete a DNR snowmobile safety training course before they can legally ride a snowmobile anywhere in Minnesota, including private land.
In a snowmobile safety course students learn about the machine, the laws, safe operation, ethics of the sport, and how to avoid the most common causes of snowmobile accidents.
DNR snowmobile safety courses can be completed by either attending a snowmobile safety training course from a DNR-certified instructor in a local community or by CD. To obtain the snowmobile safety training CD, or for general information, call 888-646-6367, 651-296-6157, or 800-366-8917, or email at email@example.com.
Ice over! Saturday November 15 was the official ice over date for 2014
on our lake Sarah. Not quite a record for early ice but certainly close!
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.
The final water level reading for 2014 was 978.76' on Nov. 8 (east gauge)
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.
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.