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.

Water Body Location Date Wild Rice Conditions Photo 
Big Rice Lake FR #247, N of Virginia  7/13/17 sparse wild rice plants in portions of lake, floating-leaf to standing about 1 foot

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7/13/17

Breda Lake CR #44, N of Brimson (paddle down Petrel Creek)  7/10/17 good density wild rice on north end of lake, moderate density in center, sparse on south end, rice floating-leaf to standing 16 inches

7/10/17

Cabin Lake FR #359, E of Isabella (rough access road)  7/11/17 sparse wild rice in most areas, some fair-good areas on south and north ends, most rice still floating-leaf, some starting to stand

7/11/17

Campers Lake CR #2 W of Isabella (paddle down Stony R)  7/11/17 wild rice covering most of lake, most moderate density, most rice floating-leaf, some standing up to 1 foot

7/11/17

7/11/17

Cramer Lake CR #7, NE of Finland  7/11/17 good density wild rice over about 2/3 of lake, thick floating-leaf rice, some standing up to 1 foot

7/11/17

7/11/17

Kettle Lake Kettle Lk Rd (off Hwy 210), SE of Cromwell  7/14/17 sparse wild rice across center of lake, moderate to good density rice along parts of shore and in some bays, most rice standing 1-2 feet, some still floating-leaf, a few stalks beginning to flower

7/14/17

Little Rice Lake CR #304, N of Virginia  7/13/17 wild rice across lake, sparse to moderate density, floating-leaf to standing up to 16 inches

7/13/17

7/13/17

Round Island Lake FR #172, E of Isabella (rough access road)  7/11/17 wild rice across most of lake, fair to good density in most areas, rice floating-leaf to standing 1 foot

7/11/17

Stone Lake FR #120, E of Hoyt Lakes (longer carry-down) 7/13/17 sparse to moderately dense wild rice across north end of lake, most rice standing (up to 2 feet), some still floating-leaf, sparse rice on south half except for patch along west shore

7/13/17

7/13/17

Vermilion River FR #4538, W of Crane Lake 7/18/17 good wild rice stands along river channel downstream from Goldmine Resort, most rice standing 1-2 feet, some stalks flowering

7/18/17

7/18/17

7/18/17

Clark Lake CR #2, N of Two Harbors  7/11/17 moderate to good density wild rice across west side of lake (viewed from road)

7/11/17

Legler Lake CR #2, N of Two Harbors (Kane Lake Road, FR #839, ATV trail)      
St. Louis River  FR #795 (Skibo), E of Hoyt Lakes      
St. Louis River FR #130 (Norway Point), S of Hoyt Lakes      
Wolf Lake CR #547, W of Brimson      
Tommila Lake FR #412, N of Brimson (longer carry-down)      
Tamarack River/Tamarack Lake HWY 210, near Wright        
Island Lake HWY 210, Cromwell      
Leeman Lake Hwy #73, S of Floodwood      
Moosehorn River CR #61, S of Moose Lake      
Turpela Lake CR #100, S of Aurora      
Cloquet Lake FR #102, W of Finland      
Stone/East Stone lakes CR #319, S of Zim      
Moose Lake CR #461, W of Britt (FR #11367 longer carry- down or ATV)      
Island River FR #377/379, N of Isabella      
Greenwood Lake CR #2, N of Two Harbors      
Sand Lake CR #2, N of Two Harbors    
Butterball Lake FR #795, E of Hoyt Lakes    
North McDougal Lake FR #106, W of Isabella    
Middle McDougal Lake FR #106, W of Isabella    
Gegoka Lake Hwy #1, W of Isabella      
Sand River Hwy #169, N of Virginia      
Pike River CR #26, S of Tower    
Wabuse Lake CR #351, E of Cotton (difficult access)    
Washusk #1 Lake CR #351, E of Cotton (difficult access)    
Washusk #2 Lake CR #351, E of Cotton (difficult access)      
Birch Lake CR #407, N of Babbitt      
Northern Light Lake CR #12 (Gunflint), N of Grand Marais      
Elbow Lake CR #12, (Gunflint), N of Grand Marais      
Mark Lake FR #161, W of Grand Marais      
Seven Beaver Lake FR #418, E of Hoyt Lakes (difficult access)      
Papoose Lake CR #44, N of Duluth (difficult access)      
Stony Lake CR #2, N of Two Harbors      
Little Indian Sioux River CR #116 (Echo Trail), E of Buyck      

(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 2017.  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.