LSIA is kicking off their annual 2018 Membership Drive. The membership fee will once again be $35 and supports our general LSIA activities including membership meetings, annual picnic, boat parade, fishery as well as the neighborhood directory. We have again secured discounts from Randy’s Sanitation and Finken Water.
Complete the form and mail it to the address along with a check (payable to LSIA),
Use thePayPal( online payment service) option below
In order to receive your Randy's and Finken discounts your dues must be received by 1 April 2018.
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Click the Buy Now button on the right to pay your dues with any major credit card or via bank transfer.
LSIA is close to renewing/extending the Lake Vegetation Management Plan (LVMP) originally approved in 2013 which supports our mission to enhance the ability to enjoy our shared resource. Upon DNR approval, the 5-year LVMP allows the continuance of a whole lake treatment approach to controlling curly-leaf pondweed (CLP) invasive species. Much positive progress has been made over the last 5 years and was critical in gaining DNR renewal approval. It should be noted that Lake Sarah is very fortunate as the we are only 1 of 3 lakes in the entire state to gain the support of the DNR to allow an expanded whole lake CLP treatment approach. Although state grants to support treatment costs are no longer available we are working closely with our partners from Three Rivers Park District, the Pioneer-Sarah Creek Watershed Management Commission, our aquatic consultants and professional applicators to utilize effective, cost conscience techniques for application.
We have established our budget for 2018 and are seeking $150 to support the treatment of both curly leaf pond weed (CLP) and Eurasion Water Milfoil (EWM). CLP treatment is targeted for late spring and EWM for early summer pending water conditions and survey results.
This year the LSIA is asking you to consider submitting your lake treatment and membership contributions together. Our hope is to simplify our fund-raising efforts for both our contributors and board administrators. Again, we are asking for $35 for membership and $150 for Invasive species treatments. Your participation is critical in maintaining our continued progress in improving our lake quality and supporting our community programs. Your donation is tax deductible. Please submit via Pay Pal on www.lakesarah.com or send your contribution to LSIA via PO Box 25 Loretto MN 55357
Thank you for your support!
Make your contribution to the CLP/EWM Treatment Program here!
Stakeholders and lakeshore property owners have been asked to help offset the cost of the CLP Treatment program with a tax deductible contribution of $150. To make your contribution using PayPal just click on the button to the right. Or if you prefer, checks payable to the Lake Sarah Improvement Association may be mailed to LSIA, P.O. Box 25, Loretto, MN 55357.
mark your calendars!
Ice Clean-up Day is scheduled for Saturday March 10, 2018
Weather and Ice conditions permitting, meet at the public landing at 10:00am. Bring tools or vehicles as desired, dress appropriately for conditions. Help LSIA remove this winter's accumulated trash and debris from the lake ice before it end up in our lake!
2018 LSIA Calendar
April 23, 2018 (Monday) - Spring General Membership meeting - 6:30pm social/gathering time, 7:00pm Meeting. independence City Hall, 1920 County Rd 90
July 4, 2018 (Wednesday) 2:00pm - Independence Day Boat Parade - Parade begins at the public landing at 2:00pm. Plan ahead with your family or neighbors to join in with this fun holiday event.
July 22, 2018 (Sunday) - LSIA Annual Summer Picnic and Summer General Membership meeting (Elections). The 30th annual picnic will be held at Ron & Mary Jorgenson's "Park" on Shady Beach Circle. 2:00pm-5:00pm.
October 22 , 2018 (Monday) - Fall General Membership meeting. 6:30 social / gathering time, 7:00pm Meeting. Choo Choo Bar & Restaurant, Loretto, MN
Cross Country Ski and Walking Trail returns! 1/5/2018
Ron Jorgenson has been busy prepping his Kubota UTV and trailgroomer has begun grooming the X-country ski trail around the lake near the shorelines. 2014 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 off center for traditional cross county touring and a groomed side for walking/snowshoeing is created by a custom made hydraulic groomer Ron created for this use.
Neighbors are asked to please avoid using the X-country trail for motorized vehicles, ATVs or snowmobiles as this makes the trail very difficult to maintain. Walkers and snowshoers should try to stay on the wider flat portions of the trail and off the ski grooves wherever possible and dog walkers are asked to police up pet waste just as they typically are required to do.
Thank you to Ron for donating his time and talents to provide this wonderful witer recreational opportunity for us to enjoy!
25" walleye 12/29/17 Ayden Fults
LARGEST WALLEYE SO FAR REPORTED CAUGHT IN LAKE SARAH
Caught by Ayden Fults (Lake Sarah Hgts) on Friday, December 29 as the sun was just starting to go down. Measured 25” and was thick and heavy!
Ayden has a YouTube channel called Ayden Outdoors where he posted a video of him putting this fish back in the water. He mentions its the biggest walleye caught on LS because we check the walleye catches every so often, and this was bigger than anything we’ve seen reported so far. Check out his YouTube channel, he’d love people to check out his videos (like the time we caught an owl on the east side of the lake)
WALLEYE STOCKING PROGRAM CLEARLY A SUCCESS
The first privately funded stocking of walleye fry in Lake Sarah occurred in Saturday May 20, 2006. Since that time this privately funded stocking program has introduced 290,000 walleye fry and 8,000 walleye fingerlings to lake Sarah. These photos of a 21.5' and a 25" stand as evidence of the success of this program!
Help support continued walleye stocking in lake Sarah! Click thePaypal button on left to donate to the stocking program with any major credit card or bank balance transfer. Your tax deductible donations are greatly appreciated!
21.5" walleye caught on Sarah's East bay by Brent Lau 12/26/2017
Lake Sarah welcomes 1000 new walleyes!
Scott Walsh reports this year's walleye fingerling stock occurred on Saturday October 21, 2017 with the introduction of 600 fingerlings near the landing and 400 near Shady Beach. The fingerlings which average 5-6" in length were purchased from the Ron Radermacher Ponds with a MN DNR permit.
The first privately funded stocking of walleye fry in Lake Sarah occurred on Saturday May 20, 2006. With funding from a few generous contributors and the help of Phil Kalleberg, Harold Burrows, Mike Peterson, and Joe Slavec, an estimate 90,000 walleye fry were transferred to Lake Sarah in the initial attempt to restore the walleye to our lake. For more on the history and success of our program visit the Walleyes Caught page on this website.
Earl Christy 21.5" June 9, 2017
On June 9th 2017, Earl Christy from rural Nebraska visited Lake Sarah and caught this 21.5" walleye Holding the fish is Earl's son Randy, and his grandson Jacob. Special thanks to Mary VanBeusekom for her pontoon that made this day possible.
Outlet cleanout channel dredged by City of Greenfield
In December 2017 Public works staff from the city of Greenfield cleared the channel lakeward of the old RR weir west to TRP property and deposited the spoils in an area designated by TRP until they can be hauled to a upland disposal site. The project will make it much easier during times of high water to direct loose bogs to a safe holding area thus keeping Sarah Creek flowing at peak when we need it most. Scott Walsh and the Lake assn along with Greenfield plan on getting a permit to chemically treat the adjacent cattail areas of the channel and creek to maintain a 15 foot wide channel as we have done in the past. By doing so we will have taken our best efforts to ensure we have done our best to reduce flooding, times of "no wake" and erosion and phosphorus releases. Thank you to Scott Walsh, Three Rivers Park District, and the City of Greenfield for their continued willingness to help us maintain our outlet channel!
photos courtesy of Scott Walsh
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.