Condition Updates and Photographs
1854 TREATY AUTHORITY
GRAND PORTAGE | BOIS FORTE

The 1854 Treaty Authority provides wild rice condition updates on waters included in the Wild Rice Monitoring program, and on other lakes and rivers as information becomes available.  Updates are provided directly to the Bois Forte and Grand Portage reservations for public posting, and also to other interested reservations, agencies, organizations, and individuals.  Phone calls are also accepted.  Updates are provided periodically (approximately every two weeks) throughout the growing season and as harvest time approaches. 

Aerial photographs were taken on August 22 and August 23, 2016 under a cooperative effort between the Minnesota DNR, Fond du Lac Band, 1854 Treaty Authority, and U.S. Forest Service.  Many are provided below, and additional photographs can be found on the Fond du Lac website.

Water Body Location Date Wild Rice Conditions Photo 
Big Rice Lake FR #247, N of Virginia  8/22/16

sparse wild rice in portions of lake, some small areas of fair to good density, most standing 2-3 ft., most seeds still empty/some milky/a few filling and soft

8/22/16

8/22/16

8/23/16

8/23/16

Breda Lake CR #44, N of Brimson (paddle down Petrel Creek)  8/26/16 good rice stands on north end, mostly sparse across rest of lake, most seeds milky, some hardening 

8/22/16

8/26/16

8/26/16

Cabin Lake FR #359, E of Isabella (rough access road)  8/30/16 sparse wild rice across most of lake, some moderate to good on north end, standing 1-3 ft., most seeds milky, some hardening

8/23/16

8/30/16

8/30/16

Campers Lake CR #2 W of Isabella (paddle down Stony R)  8/29/16 sparse wild rice across most of  lake, some moderate to good density areas, rice standing 2.5-3.5 ft., most seeds milky

8/22/16

8/29/16

8/29/16

Cramer Lake CR #7, NE of Finland  8/30/16 moderate to good density wild rice over about 2/3 of lake, most standing 2-4 ft., seeds mostly milky, a few hardening

8/23/16

8/30/16

8/30/16

Kettle Lake Kettle Lk Rd (off Hwy 210), SE of Cromwell  8/19/16 few wild rice plants growing, short, storm damage (appears lake had decent fringe rice before storms)

8/19/16

8/19/16

8/22/16

8/22/16

Little Rice Lake CR #304, N of Virginia  8/25/16 wild rice across most of lake, sparse to moderate density in most areas, most standing 2.5-3.5 ft., most seeds milky, a few ripening

8/23/16

8/25/16

8/25/16

Round Island Lake FR #172, E of Isabella (rough access road)  8/29/16 wild rice across most of lake, sparse to moderate density, most standing 1-3 ft., most seeds milky

8/23/16

8/29/16

8/29/16

Stone Lake FR #120, E of Hoyt Lakes (longer carry-down)  8/23/16 wild rice across most of north end of lake, most moderately dense, rice along southwest also, rice standing 2-3 ft., most seeds milky, some hardening

8/22/16

8/23/16

8/23/16

8/23/16

Vermilion River FR #4538, W of Crane Lake  8/24/16 good wild rice along channel near Goldmine Resort, most seeds milky and filling, some empty, rice worms present, fair to good wild rice in other portions of river

8/23/16

8/24/16

8/24/16

8/24/16

Clark Lake CR #2, N of Two Harbors  8/11/16 moderate density wild rice across most of lake 

8/11/16

8/22/16

8/22/16

Legler Lake CR #2, N of Two Harbors (Kane Lake Road, FR #839, ATV trail) 8/22/16 appears good density wild rice across most of lake (viewed from air) 8/22/16
St. Louis River  FR #795 (Skibo), E of Hoyt Lakes  7/27/16 fair to good wild rice along river banks, rice standing up to 3 ft.

7/27/16

7/27/16

8/22/16

St. Louis River FR #130 (Norway Point), S of Hoyt Lakes  7/25/16 good wild rice stands along both sides of river channel, rice standing up to 3 ft. and flowering

7/25/16

8/22/16

Wolf Lake CR #547, W of Brimson  8/22/16 moderate density wild rice along shore, rice standing 3-4 ft., appears moderate to good density in narrows (viewed from air)

8/9/16

8/9/16

8/22/16

Tommila Lake FR #412, N of Brimson (longer carry-down)  8/22/16 wild rice over about 1/2 of lake, appears most moderate density (viewed from air)

7/25/16

7/25/16

8/22/16

Tamarack River/Tamarack Lake HWY 210, near Wright    8/22/16 sparse to moderate density wild rice in river near highway, appears moderate density wild rice in portions of river and narrows of lake (viewed from air)

8/3/16

8/22/16

Island Lake HWY 210, Cromwell 8/5/16 sparse rice around bay near highway  
Leeman Lake Hwy #73, S of Floodwood  8/5/16 good density wild rice across most of lake, most standing 2-3 ft., some taller

8/5/16

8/5/16

8/22/16

Moosehorn River CR #61, S of Moose Lake 8/5/16  wild rice along river channel, most moderate density, most rice standing 12-18 inches and not flowering yet, some taller and flowering with seed heads

8/5/16

8/5/16

Turpela Lake CR #100, S of Aurora 8/15/16 moderate to good density wild rice across most of lake (observed from road)

8/15/16

8/22/16

Cloquet Lake FR #102, W of Finland 8/22/16 appears to be areas of moderately dense wild rice (viewed from air)

8/22/16

8/22/16

Stone/East Stone lakes CR #319, S of Zim 8/22/16 appears to be areas of moderate to good density wild rice (viewed from air)

8/22/16

8/22/16

Moose Lake CR #461, W of Britt (FR #11367 longer carry- down or ATV) 8/4/16 fair to good wild rice along shore, sparse rice or open in center, rice standing 1-3 ft.

8/4/16

8/23/16

Island River FR #377/379, N of Isabella 8/11/16 moderate to good wild rice along channel from FR #377, rice standing 1-3 ft., moderate density wild rice in bay by FR #379

8/11/16

8/11/16

8/23/16

Greenwood Lake CR #2, N of Two Harbors  8/22/16 moderate density wild rice on south end out from access, appears to be some thicker areas on north end (viewed from air)

8/11/16

8/22/16

8/22/16

Sand Lake CR #2, N of Two Harbors  7/26/16 report of rice along shore in north bay 8/22/16
Butterball Lake FR #795, E of Hoyt Lakes 8/22/16 appears moderately dense wild rice across lake (viewed from air) 8/22/16
North McDougal Lake FR #106, W of Isabella 8/22/16 appears moderately dense wild rice near access and island (viewed from air) 8/22/16
Middle McDougal Lake FR #106, W of Isabella 8/22/16 report of some rice along shore along with a few patches, appears areas of sparse to moderately dense wild rice (viewed from air) 8/22/16
Gegoka Lake Hwy #1, W of Isabella 7/26/16 report of fair to good wild rice along some portions of shore, some small bays with patches of rice  
Sand River Hwy #169, N of Virginia  8/4/16 sparse wild rice (only viewed from highway)  
Pike River CR #26, S of Tower 7/21/16 moderately dense wild rice along river banks 7/21/16
Wabuse Lake CR #351, E of Cotton (difficult access) 8/22/16 report of some wild rice present on south end, little observed from air  8/22/16
Washusk #1 Lake CR #351, E of Cotton (difficult access) 8/22/16 appears some wild rice present, other vegetation in aerial photo (viewed from air) 8/22/16
Washusk #2 Lake CR #351, E of Cotton (difficult access) 8/22/16 appears moderate to good density wild rice in portions of lake (viewed from air) 8/22/16
Birch Lake CR #407, N of Babbitt 8/16/16 wild rice along parts of western arm, sparse to moderate rice in bays (standing 1-2 ft., seeds empty or milky), moderate density along channel (standing 2-3 ft., seeds milky and some filling/soft)

8/16/16

8/16/16

8/23/16

8/23/16

Northern Light Lake CR #12 (Gunflint), N of Grand Marais 8/18/16 moderately dense wild rice in spots around island, patches on river near lake, rice standing 3-3.5 ft.

8/18/16

8/18/16

8/23/16

Elbow Lake CR #12, (Gunflint), N of Grand Marais 8/18/16 very few wild rice plants present, rice standing less than 1 ft.

8/18/16

8/18/16

Mark Lake FR #161, W of Grand Marais 8/18/16 sparse wild rice in center, fair to good density wild rice along parts of shore, appears some fair to good on far end from access, rice standing 3-4 ft. (viewed from shore)

8/18/16

8/18/16

8/23/16

Seven Beaver Lake FR #418, E of Hoyt Lakes (difficult access) 8/22/16 appears moderately dense wild rice across south end (viewed from air) 8/22/16
Papoose Lake CR #44, N of Duluth (difficult access) 8/22/16 appears moderate to good density wild rice across most of lake (viewed from air) 8/22/16
Stony Lake CR #2, N of Two Harbors 8/22/16 appears moderately dense wild rice across most of lake (viewed from air) 8/22/16
Little Indian Sioux River CR #116 (Echo Trail), E of Buyck 8/23/16 appears moderate to good density wild rice along river channel (viewed from air) 8/23/16

(CR - county road,  FR - forest road,  HWY - highway) 

Friendly reminders:

  • Access to some lakes may be difficult. Please plan ahead and check into access before heading out.
  • These updates are not a complete list of conditions in the 1854 Ceded Territory this year. Only lakes and rivers that we have reports on are listed. Scouting other potential rice waters may lead to success.
  • It is illegal to harvest unripe wild rice. Please be sure that the rice is ripe and ready for harvest.  

Posting opening dates:

In the 1854 Ceded Territory, no lakes/rivers are planned to be posted with opening dates for wild rice harvest in 2016.  Information will be provided here if that changes.  Unless specifically posted, waters are open by the "green rice law", meaning that they are open for harvest when stands are ripe (and within the season begining August 15th).  It is the responsibility of ricers to properly make this determination.