Seasons & Regulations

License Requirements

Bois Forte and Grand Portage members must have an 1854 Treaty Authority identification card or valid Tribal identification card (or state license) in their possession to harvest wild rice within the 1854 Ceded Territory or within Minnesota.  The season dates, hours, and any special regulations are designated annually by the 1854 Treaty Authority. The 1854 Treaty Authority Code for Gathering should be consulted for other wild rice harvest regulations for Bois Forte and Grand Portage members. 

Tribal band members may use a valid tribal identification card from a recognized tribe in Minnesota to harvest wild rice within Minnesota. Other harvesters are required to obtain a state license. The Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook issued annually by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources summarizes wild rice harvest regulations and license requirements/fees.

Harvest Season

On most waters, it is the responsibility of harvesters to make the proper determination when wild rice is ripe and ready for harvest (generally late August or early September in northeastern Minnesota). However, the harvest of green or unripe rice is illegal and may result in prosecution. For the protection of the resource and to avoid damage to the crop, ricers should ensure suitable ripening has occurred before harvesting. Each year, a few select wild rice waters may be posted closed for harvest by conservation officers or other authorized agents. These closures are posted at known access points. Waters will then be posted open when the wild rice is determined ripe and ready for harvest.

2015 WILD RICE SEASON - 1854 TREATY AREA (for Bois Forte and Grand Portage members)

SEASON DATES: when ripe, and within August 15 - October 30 season

HARVEST HOURS: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. daily

POSTED AREAS: Some select waters may be cooperatively posted with opening harvest dates.  Any postings of dates or hours should be followed.  In the 1854 Ceded Territory, no lakes/rivers are planned for posting with opening dates in 2015.  If this changes, information will be provided here. 

Reservation Restrictions 

All wild rice within the boundaries of Indian Reservations is managed by the respective Reservation. In the 1854 Ceded Territory, the Bois Forte, Grand Portage, and Fond du Lac Reservations manage the wild rice within their own boundaries. Typically, only Tribal members or those persons receiving proper authorization are allowed to harvest wild rice within Reservation boundaries. Wild rice committees establish the opening date, days, and hours of harvest. Please contact the appropriate Reservation staff for specific rules and for more information.