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.  Updates are provided periodically (approximately every two weeks) throughout the growing season and as harvest time approaches.

Aerial photographs were taken on August 29 and September 5, 2018 under a cooperative effort between the Minnesota DNR, Fond du Lac Band, 1854 Treaty Authority, and U.S. Forest Service.  Many aerial photographs are provided below, and more can be found on the Fond du Lac Band website.  (Drone photography from Kettle Lake on 8/21/18 courtesy of E. Hicks and M. Stein.)

Water Body Location Date Wild Rice Conditions Photo 
Big Rice Lake FR #247, N of Virginia 8/27/18 sparse wild rice across portions of lake, some small areas of moderate density, most rice standing 2-3 feet, most seeds milky or filling and soft, some seeds empty, a few beginning to ripen

8/27/18

8/27/18

8/27/18

8/27/18

9/5/18

9/5/18

Breda Lake CR #44, N of Brimson (paddle down Petrel Creek) 8/20/18 sparse wild rice over about 3/4 of lake (center and on south end), good stand on north end of lake, rice standing 2-4 feet, most seeds still empty

8/20/18

8/20/18

8/29/18

Cabin Lake FR #359, E of Isabella (rough access road) 8/23/18 sparse wild rice across most of lake, small moderate to good density area on north end, rice standing 2-4 feet, most seeds empty

8/23/18

8/23/18

8/23/18

9/5/18

Campers Lake CR #2 W of Isabella (paddle down Stony River) 8/22/18 moderate density wild rice across most of lake, sparse in center, most rice standing 2-3 feet., seeds milky with a few ripening, rice in some areas in poor condition

8/22/18

8/22/18

8/22/18

8/29/18

Cramer Lake CR #7, NE of Finland 8/23/18 good density wild rice on northeast corner of lake, sparse in other areas, rice standing 2-4 feet, most seeds empty, some ripening in thicker areas

8/23/18

8/23/18

8/23/18

9/5/18

Kettle Lake Kettle Lk Rd (off Hwy 210), SE of Cromwell 8/20/18 moderate to good density wild rice along shore and on east end, sparse in center, most rice standing 1-2 feet, most seeds filling and soft (some empty, a few starting to ripen), rice in some areas in poor condition or laying in water

8/20/18

8/20/18

8/20/18

8/20/18

8/20/18

8/21/18

8/21/18

8/21/18

8/29/18

Little Rice Lake CR #304, N of Virginia 8/20/18 sparse to moderate density wild rice across most of lake, most rice standing 2-3 feet, seeds filling and soft

8/20/18

8/20/18

9/5/18

Round Island Lake FR #172, E of Isabella (rough access road) 8/22/18 wild rice over most of lake, mostly sparse to moderate density, small areas of moderate density along portions of shore, rice standing 1-2.5 ft., most seeds empty, a few seeds milky

8/22/18

8/22/18

8/22/18

9/5/18

Stone Lake FR #120, E of Hoyt Lakes (longer carry-down) 8/21/18 sparse to moderate density wild rice across north end of lake, some smaller good density patches, sparse on south half of lake, rice standing 2-4 feet, most seeds milky

8/21/18

8/21/18

8/21/18

8/21/18

8/29/18

Vermilion River FR #4538, W of Crane Lake 8/16/18 moderate to good density wild rice along river channel, generally in a thin strip, many stalks leaning or in water, most rice standing 1-2 feet, a few taller (1-3 feet) and better stands, most seeds empty or becoming milky, a few filling and soft

8/16/18

8/16/18

8/16/18

8/16/18

9/5/18

Vermilion River CR #24, S of Buyck 9/5/18 appears moderate to good density wild rice in one stretch of river (viewed from air)

9/5/18

 

Sand River Hwy #169, N of Virginia 7/13/18 good density wild rice along river banks, floating-leaf to standing 12-16 inches

7/13/18

7/13/18

Moosehorn River CR #61, S of Moose Lake 7/16/18 moderate density wild rice along river banks, floating-leaf to standing 12-16 inches

7/16/18

7/16/18

8/29/18

8/29/18

Leeman Lake Hwy #73 (Ricehaven Road), S of Floodwood 7/27/18 sparse wild rice across middle of lake, moderate density along parts of shore, rice standing 1-2 feet (viewed from shore)

7/27/18

7/27/18

7/27/18

8/29/18

Clark Lake CR #2, N of Two Harbors 8/10/18 moderate density wild rice (viewed from road)

8/10/18

8/29/18

8/29/18

St. Louis River FR #795 (Skibo), E of Hoyt Lakes 7/27/18 moderate to good density wild rice along shore, covers more of the river further upstream

7/27/18

7/27/18

7/27/18

8/29/18

St. Louis River FR #130 (Norway Point), S of Hoyt Lakes 7/27/18 moderate density wild rice along shore

7/27/18

7/27/18

8/29/18

Wolf Lake CR #547, W of Brimson 8/7/18 moderate density wild rice along shores, rice standing 2-3 feet and flowering

8/7/18

8/29/18

Tommila Lake FR #412, N of Brimson (longer carry-down) 8/7/18 sparse wild rice along parts of shore, rice standing 1-2 feet and flowering (viewed from road)

8/7/18

8/7/18

8/29/18

Turpela Lake CR #100, S of Aurora 7/27/18 moderate to good density wild rice across most of lake (viewed from road)

7/27/18

8/29/18

Moose Lake CR #461, W of Britt (FR #11367 longer carry- down or ATV) 8/2/18 sparse wild rice along shore, most plants nipped off

8/2/18

8/2/18

9/5/18

Island River FR #377/379, N of Isabella 8/6/18 moderate density wild rice along river channel at Forest Road #377, rice standing 24-30 inches with many flowering, fair to good density rice in wide portion of river next to Forest Road #379

8/6/18

8/6/18

9/5/18

Mark Lake FR #161, W of Grand Marais 7/30/18 moderate to good density wild rice on east half of lake, rice standing up to about 2 feet, some stalks flowering, no report from other end of lake (viewed from shore)

7/30/18

7/30/18

9/5/18

Greenwood Lake CR #2, N of Two Harbors 8/29/18 sparse wild rice near public access on south end, patch of moderate density on north end (viewed from air)

7/23/18

8/29/18

8/29/18

Cloquet Lake FR #102, W of Finland 8/29/18 areas of sparse to moderate density wild rice (viewed from air)

8/29/18

 

Butterball Lake FR #795, E of Hoyt Lakes 8/29/18

sparse to moderate density wild rice across portions of lake (viewed from air)

8/29/18

Tamarack River / Tamarack Lake Hwy #210, near Wright 7/27/18 good density wild rice in river near highway, rice standing about 2 feet;  small patches of moderate density rice in lake, small thicker patch at river, rice standing 1-2 feet

7/27/18

7/27/18

8/29/18

Birch Lake CR #407, N of Babbitt 8/1/18

moderate to good density wild rice along channel and in bays on western arm of lake, most rice standing about 2 feet, some stalks flowering

8/1/18

8/1/18

8/1/18

9/5/18

9/5/18

Little Indian Sioux River CR #116 (Echo Trail), E of Buyck 9/5/18 appears to be sparse to moderate density wild rice along shore (viewed from air)

9/5/18

 

Stone/East Stone lakes CR #319, S of Zim 8/29/18

moderate to good density wild rice in portions of lakes (viewed from air)

8/29/18

8/29/18

North McDougal Lake FR #106, W of Isabella 8/11/18 small areas of moderately dense wild rice near access and near island, rice standing 1-3 feet and flowering

8/10/18

8/11/18

8/29/18

Middle McDougal Lake FR #106, W of Isabella 8/11/18 most of lake covered with wild rice, mostly moderately dense and standing 1-2 feet, some taller (1-3 feet) and thicker areas, no public access (access across North McDougal and up river channel), river channel contains fair to good stands along both banks for a short stretch

8/11/18

8/11/18

8/11/18

8/11/18

8/29/18

Legler Lake CR #2, N of Two Harbors (Kane Lake Rd, FR #839, ATV trail) 8/29/18 appears moderate to good density wild rice across most of lake (viewed from air) 8/29/18
Papoose Lake CR #44, N of Duluth (difficult access) 8/29/18 appears sparse to moderate density wild rice across most of lake (viewed from air)

8/29/18

 

Sand Lake CR #2, N of Two Harbors 8/29/18 appears small area of sparse wild rice (viewed from air)

8/29/18

 

Seven Beaver Lake FR #418, E of Hoyt Lakes (difficult access) 8/29/18 appears areas of sparse wild rice (viewed from air)

8/29/18

 

Stony Lake CR #2, N of Two Harbors 8/29/18 appears areas of sparse wild rice (viewed from air)

8/29/18

 

Wabuse Lake CR #351, E of Cotton (difficult access) 8/29/18 appears no or sparse wild rice (viewed from air)

8/29/18

 

Washusk Lake #1 CR #351, E of Cotton (difficult access) 8/29/18 appears sparse wild rice across lake (viewed from air)

8/29/18

 

Washusk Lake #2 CR #351, E of Cotton (difficult access) 8/29/18 appears sparse wild rice across part of lake (viewed from air)

8/29/18

 

Fourmile Lake FR #170, N of Tofte 9/5/18 appears sparse to moderate density wild rice in western bay (viewed from air)

9/5/18

 

Northern Light Lake CR #12 (Gunflint Trail), N of Grand Marais 9/5/18 appears sparse to moderate density wild rice across part of lake (viewed from air)

9/5/18

 

Swamp Lake FR #170, N of Lutsen (difficult access) 9/5/18 appears sparse rice across most of lake (viewed from air)

9/5/18

 

(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 2018.  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.