Snowmobilers who are tempted by the new snow should exercise extreme caution on lake Sarah! Flowing water at the outlet to sarah Creek in the Northwest corner and thin Ice at the inlet of Dance Hall Creek on the north side of the west bay are creating open water areas. Ice thickness on Sarah varies widely. Sheriff's Advisory recommends no travel on lake ice!
New Northern Pike Regulations begin May 12
The new northern pike fishing regulations, which were announced recently and go into effect on the May 12 fishing opener, have three distinct zones to address the different characteristics of pike populations in Minnesota, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
Anglers who want to keep pike will need to be prepared to measure them. Those planning to take advantage of the expanded bag limit on small pike should familiarize themselves with the extra cuts it takes to fillet the fish.
For more information on the new zone regulations visit mndnr.gov/pike or contact a local area fisheries office.
When new regulations take effect in spring 2018, the majority of the state (including our lake Sarah) will be in the north-central zone, where the issue is overpopulation of small pike. The objectives are to allow more harvest of abundant small pike and shift population size structure to more medium-sized pike.
In the north-central zone, anglers will be able to keep 10 northern pike, but not more than two pike longer than 26 inches; and all from 22 to 26 inches must be released. Northern pike taken by spearing follow the same rules except one pike may be between 22 and 26 inches or two larger than 26 inches.
Our late spring is testing the patience of everyone.
Our Question of the week - Are we setting a late spring record - what is the latest date that Ice Out has occurred on our lake Sarah?
The latest ice out in my records was April 30, 2013
A new record just may be in the making. B^)
Lake Sarah Improvement Association newsletter published!
The LSIA Spring Newsletter was emailed on 4/16/18. If you did not receive an email with the mailchimp link please send a note to Anne Horn with your correct/preferred email address.
We thought you’d like to know about a 2018 road construction project on Hwy 55 from Buffalo to Rockford that is to begin mid-June 2018. To complete the work, Hwy 55 will need to be closed and detoured for up to five weeks. Businesses will always remain accessible.
Hwy 55 between Division St. in Buffalo and Autumn Oaks/Electric Dr. in west Rockford will close to through traffic while crews reconstruct this segment of road (see “orange road” on the map at left). The signed detour will take you through Delano. The detour is currently scheduled to begin after the July 4 holiday weekend, and to end by late August. We’ll keep you informed on actual dates through these emails, and the project website, as details become available.
Plan for delays, detour Hwy 55 Buffalo to Rockford. Detour goes through Delano
Hwy 55 to close from Division St in Buffalo to Autumn Oaks/Electric Dr in Rockford and detour for up to seven weeks from early-July to late-August 2018
Through traffic: Detour uses Hwy 25 at Buffalo, Hwy 12 to Delano and Wright CR 139/County Line Rd, Hennepin CR 11 and CR 92/Dogwood St to Rockford. Expect delays, and seek possible alternative routes. Detour map
Local traffic: Hwy 55 will need to close to all traffic at some locations (replace underground culverts). Please watch for changes, follow road signs and use the closest alternate route.
Access to businesses and residences to be maintained
Ice Clean-up Day was held on Saturday March 17, 2018
Weather was perfect with an excellent turnout of volunteers meeting at the public landing at 10:00am. Ann Horn was happy to report the lake had very little trash compared to previous years!
Scott Walsh, Bill Scandrett, Drake Scandrett, Anya Scandrett, Joe Baker, Kevin Horn, Anne Horn, Mike Zenk, Dale Gronberg, Scott Beaupre, Nate Uselding, Billy Ryan, Jeff Hansen and Sam & Lisa Schnoor
photos provided by Ann Horn
LSIA 2018 Membership Drive
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.
Pay your LSIA Membership via Paypal!
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.
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.