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 24 and August 29, 2017 under a cooperative effort between the Minnesota DNR, Fond du Lac Band, 1854 Treaty Authority, and U.S. Forest Service.  Many aerial photos are provided below, and additional photographs can be found on the Fond du Lac Band website.

Wild rice is slow to ripen in most areas of the 1854 Ceded Territory in 2017, and harvest will be a bit later than usual.

Water Body Location Date Wild Rice Conditions Photo 
Big Rice Lake FR #247, N of Virginia  8/21/17 sparse wild rice across portions of lake, most rice standing 1.5-3 feet, most seeds empty or starting to become milky, a few seeds filling and soft

8/21/17

8/21/17

8/21/17

8/21/17

8/24/17

8/24/17

Breda Lake CR #44, N of Brimson (paddle down Petrel Creek)  8/22/17 sparse to good density wild rice on north end of lake, sparse rice plants in center and on south end, rice standing 1-3 feet, most seeds empty or milky, a few seeds filling and soft

8/22/17

8/22/17

8/22/17

8/29/17

Cabin Lake FR #359, E of Isabella (rough access road)  8/29/17 sparse wild rice in most areas, some fair-good areas on north end, most rice standing 1-2 feet, most seeds still empty

8/24/17

8/29/17

8/29/17

Campers Lake CR #2 W of Isabella (paddle down Stony R)  8/28/17 wild rice covering most of lake, most moderate density (some sparse, some good density), most rice standing 2-2.5 feet, most seeds milky, some filling/soft/hardening

8/28/17

8/28/17

8/29/17

Cramer Lake CR #7, NE of Finland  8/29/17 wild rice over most of lake, fair to good density over about 2/3 of lake, some sparse areas, most rice standing 1-2.5 feet, most seeds milky/some empty/some beginning to ripen

8/24/17

8/29/17

8/29/17

8/29/17

Kettle Lake Kettle Lk Rd (off Hwy 210), SE of Cromwell  8/18/17 good density wild rice in many parts of lake (along shore, in bays), sparse wild rice across center of lake, most rice standing 2-3 feet (some taller), most seeds empty or milky, some seeds filling and soft

8/18/17

8/18/17

8/18/17

8/18/17

8/29/17

8/29/17

Little Rice Lake CR #304, N of Virginia  8/25/17 wild rice across lake, moderate density, most rice standing 2-3 feet, most seeds empty or milky, some filling and soft, a few hardening

8/24/17

8/25/17

8/25/17

Round Island Lake FR #172, E of Isabella (rough access road)  8/28/17 wild rice across most of lake, most areas sparse to moderately dense, some good density areas, most rice standing 1-2.5 feet, most seeds still empty, some milk 8/24/17

8/28/17

8/28/17

Stone Lake FR #120, E of Hoyt Lakes (longer carry-down) 8/30/17 moderately dense wild rice across north end of lake, some sparse areas, sparse rice on south half except for good patch along west shore, rice standing 2-3 feet, many seeds still empty, some milky and filling, some ripening

8/29/17

8/30/17

8/30/17

Vermilion River FR #4538, W of Crane Lake 8/17/17 good wild rice stands along river channel downstream from Goldmine Resort, most rice standing 2-3 feet, some taller areas, most seeds empty or milky, some seeds filling and soft

8/17/17

8/17/17

8/17/17

8/24/17

Clark Lake CR #2, N of Two Harbors  7/26/17 moderate to good density wild rice across west side of lake (viewed from road)

7/26/17

8/29/17

8/29/17

St. Louis River FR #795 (Skibo), E of Hoyt Lakes 8/1/17 wild rice along shore or across river further upstream, mostly fair to good density, rice standing 1-3 feet

8/1/17

8/1/17

8/29/17

St. Louis River FR #130 (Norway Point), S of Hoyt Lakes 7/24/17 good wild rice stands along both sides of river, most rice standing 1-2 feet, some flowering with seed heads forming

7/24/17

8/29/17

Wolf Lake CR #547, W of Brimson 8/11/17 moderate to good density wild rice along shorelines, most rice standing 2-2.5 feet, plants flowering, seeds still empty

8/11/17

8/29/17

Tommila Lake FR #412, N of Brimson (longer carry-down) 8/11/17 wild rice covering majority of lake, most moderate density, some sparse or open water areas, rice standing about 1.5-2 feet

8/11/17

8/29/17

Leeman Lake Hwy #73 (Ricehaven Road), S of Floodwood 8/16/17 wild rice across most of lake, moderate to good density along shores, sparse to moderate in center

8/16/17

8/19/17

8/29/17

Turpela Lake CR #100, S of Aurora 8/10/17 wild rice covering most of lake, fair to good density

8/10/17

8/29/17

Cloquet Lake FR #102, W of Finland 7/20/17 report of sparse wild rice across much of lake, floating-leaf or beginning to stand, rice along shore moderately dense and standing

8/29/17

8/29/17

Moose Lake CR #461, W of Britt (FR #11367 longer carry- down or ATV) 8/10/17 fair to good wild rice density around edge of lake, sparse in center, rice standing up to 3 feet, most seeds empty, some becoming milky

8/10/17

8/10/17

8/24/17

Island River FR #377/379, N of Isabella 7/26/17 moderately dense wild rice along river channel near bridge on FR #377, sparse to moderate rice in bay along FR #379, most rice standing about 1 foot, some taller and flowering with seed heads, some still floating-leaf

7/26/17

7/26/17

8/24/17

Greenwood Lake CR #2, N of Two Harbors 7/26/17 sparse to moderate density wild rice near access on south end, rice standing 12-16 inches, report of better stands on north end

7/26/17

8/29/17

8/29/17

Butterball Lake FR #795, E of Hoyt Lakes 7/24/17 report of sparse to moderate wild rice 8/29/17
North McDougal Lake FR #106, W of Isabella 7/26/17 moderately dense wild rice patches near access, most rice standing about 1 foot

7/26/17

8/29/17

Middle McDougal Lake FR #106, W of Isabella 7/20/17 report of some wild rice along shore and other patches 8/29/17
Gegoka Lake Hwy #1, W of Isabella 8/2/17 thin strip of wild rice around fringe of lake, some other small patches, fair to good density, most rice standing 2.5-3 feet, plants flowering
Sand River Hwy #169, N of Virginia 7/25/17 good wild rice from County Road #303 to Highway #169, good density wild rice across river or along shore, rice standing 1.5-2.5 feet, flowering with seed heads

7/25/17

7/25/17

Tamarack River / Tamarack Lake Hwy #210, near Wright 8/2/17 good density wild rice in river near highway, plants flowering, appears fair to good density wild rice in narrows of Tamarack Lake (8/29/17 - viewed from air)

8/2/17

8/29/17

Moosehorn River CR #61, S of Moose Lake 8/3/17 fair to good density wild rice along river channel, most rice standing 3 feet (some taller), plants flowering

8/3/17

8/3/17

8/29/17

8/29/17

Birch Lake CR #407, N of Babbitt 8/8/17 wild rice along parts of western arm of lake, most moderately dense, rice standing 2-3 feet, plants flowering

8/8/17

8/8/17

8/8/17

8/24/17

8/24/17

Pike River CR #26, S of Tower 8/10/17 sparse wild rice along channel, mixed in with other vegetation, rice standing 1-2 feet, most seeds empty, some becoming milky, no report from other parts of river

8/10/17

8/10/17

Papoose Lake CR #44, N of Duluth (difficult access) 8/12/17 wild rice across lake, most sparse to moderately dense, rice standing 1-2 feet, fair to good density in channel to lake from Cloquet River (river level up) 8/29/17
Mark Lake FR #161, W of Grand Marais 8/14/17 moderately dense wild rice along north shore, sparse on south half, most rice standing 1-2 feet, some taller, plants flowering, viewed from shore (some rice on far end also?), lower water

8/14/17

8/24/17

Little Indian Sioux River CR #116 (Echo Trail), E of Buyck 8/24/17 appears good wild rice along river channel, viewed from air 8/24/17
Northern Light Lake CR #12 (Gunflint Trail), N of Grand Marais 8/24/17 appears some areas of wild rice, fair density?, viewed from air

8/24/17

8/24/17

Stone/East Stone lakes CR #319, S of Zim 8/29/17 appears some areas of fair to good density wild rice, viewed from air

8/29/17

8/29/17

Legler Lake CR #2, N of Two Harbors (Kane Lake Rd, FR #839, ATV trail) 8/29/17 appears areas of good density wild rice, viewed from air 8/29/17
Sand Lake CR #2, N of Two Harbors 8/29/17 appears areas of sparse to moderately dense wild rice, viewed from air 8/29/17
Seven Beaver Lake FR #418, E of Hoyt Lakes (difficult access) 8/29/17 appears areas of sparse to moderately dense wild rice, viewed from air 8/29/17
Stony Lake CR #2, N of Two Harbors 8/29/17 appears areas of sparse to moderately dense wild rice, viewed from air 8/29/17
Wabuse Lake CR #351, E of Cotton (difficult access) 8/29/17 appears sparse wild rice, viewed from air 8/29/17
Washusk Lake #1 CR #351, E of Cotton (difficult access) 8/29/17 appears sparse wild rice, viewed from air 8/29/17
Washusk Lake #2 CR #351, E of Cotton (difficult access) 8/29/17 appears sparse to moderately dense wild rice, viewed from air 8/29/17

(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.