Condition Updates and Photographs
1854 TREATY AUTHORITY

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 periodically throughout the growing season and as harvest time approaches.  Some information provided from other partners (Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Fond du Lac Band). 

Aerial photographs were taken on 8/21/19 and 8/23/19 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.

Water Body Location Date Wild Rice Conditions Photo 
Big Rice Lake FR #247, N of Virginia 8/21/19 generally sparse wild rice, some areas of sparse to moderate density on east end, most rice standing 1-3 feet, most seeds empty or becoming milky, a few filling and soft

8/21/19

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8/21/19

Breda Lake CR #44, N of Brimson (paddle down Petrel Creek) 8/23/19 moderate to good wild rice density covering about half of lake, sparse on other half, rice standing 1-3 ft, most seeds empty or milky

8/23/19

8/23/19

8/23/19

8/23/19

Cabin Lake FR #359, E of Isabella (rough access road) 8/5/19 wild rice over most of lake, mostly sparse density, small better stand on north end, most standing 1-2 feet, some seeds filling and soft

8/21/19

8/26/19

8/26/19

8/26/19

Campers Lake CR #2 W of Isabella (paddle down Stony River) 8/19/19 moderate to good density wild rice covering most of lake, most standing 2-3 feet (some taller), most seeds empty, some milky, a few filling and soft

8/19/19

8/19/19

8/19/19

8/23/19

Cramer Lake CR #7, NE of Finland 8/29/19 wild rice over most (more than 3/4) of lake, moderate to good density, most rice standing 1-3 feet, most seeds milky, a few filling and soft

8/21/19

8/29/19

8/29/19

8/29/19

Kettle Lake Kettle Lk Rd (off Hwy 210), SE of Cromwell 8/16/19 wild rice over most of lake, sparse coverage in center, moderate to good density wild rice in most other areas, most rice standing 1-3 feet, some taller, most seeds empty or milky, a few seeds filling and soft

8/16/19

8/16/19

8/16/19

8/16/19

8/23/19

8/23/19

Little Rice Lake CR #304, N of Virginia 8/19/19 wild rice covering lake, about half with moderate density and half with sparse, most rice standing 1-3 feet, some stalks flowering, most seeds empty, some becoming milky

8/19/19

8/19/19

8/19/19

8/21/19

Round Island Lake FR #172, E of Isabella (rough access road) 8/19/19 mostly sparse wild rice coverage, most rice standing 1-2 feet, most seeds empty, some milky

8/19/19

8/19/19

8/19/19

8/21/19

Stone Lake FR #120, E of Hoyt Lakes (longer carry-down) 8/22/19 moderately dense wild rice patches on north end of lake, patch of rice down southeast side, otherwise sparse on southern half, rice standing 2-3 feet, many seeds filling and soft/chalky 

8/22/19

8/22/19

8/22/19

8/23/19

Vermilion River FR #4538, W of Crane Lake 8/14/19 good wild rice stands along river channel near Goldmine Resort, tall (many 3-5 feet, some taller), some plants still flowering, most seeds empty or milky, a few seeds filling and soft, difficult access where creek enters (shallow water, thick rice)

8/14/19

8/14/19

8/14/19

8/21/19

8/21/19

8/21/19

Vermilion River CR #24, Buyck 8/21/19 appears moderate to good density wild rice along banks, viewed from air

8/21/19

 

Vermilion River CR #24, S of Buyck, difficult access (access through creeks) 8/21/19 appears areas of moderate to dense wild rice, viewed from air

8/21/19

8/21/19

Clark Lake CR #2, N of Two Harbors 8/23/19 sparse wild rice in center of lake, perhaps better along shore, viewed from air

8/23/19

8/23/19

Leeman Lake Hwy #73 (Ricehaven Road), S of Floodwood 8/8/19 moderate density wild rice over about 2/3 of lake (sparse or other vegetation elsewhere), rice standing 1-3 feet

8/8/19

8/8/19

8/8/19

8/23/19

Sand River Hwy #169, N of Virginia 7/25/19 fair to good wild rice stands along shore near Highway 169, no report from further upstream

7/25/19

 

Wolf Lake CR #547, W of Brimson 8/5/19 moderate to good density wild rice along shore, rice standing 1-3 feet, many plants flowering

8/5/19

8/5/19

8/23/19

8/23/19

Tommila Lake FR #412, N of Brimson (longer carry-down) 8/5/19 sparse wild rice across about half of lake, rice standing 1-2 feet

8/5/19

8/5/19

8/23/19

Cloquet Lake FR #102, W of Finland 7/30/19 sparse to moderately dense wild rice patches along shore, rice floating leaf to standing 2 feet

7/30/19

7/30/19

8/23/19

8/23/19

Legler Lake CR #2, N of Two Harbors (Kane Lake Rd, FR #839, ATV trail) 7/31/19 wild rice covering most of lake, moderate to good density, most rice standing 1-2 feet, a few stalks flowering

7/31/19

7/31/19

8/23/19

St. Louis River FR #795 (Skibo), E of Hoyt Lakes 8/7/19 good stands of wild rice along river channel and across river, better coverage further upstream, rice standing 1-3 feet, plants flowering, a few seeds becoming milky

8/7/19

8/7/19

8/7/19

8/7/19

8/23/19

St. Louis River FR #130 (Norway Point), S of Hoyt Lakes 8/7/19 good wild rice stands along river channel, rice standing up to 3 feet, plants flowering

8/7/19

8/7/19

8/23/19

Turpela Lake CR #100, S of Aurora 8/2/19 moderate to good density wild rice covering lake, most rice standing 1-2 feet

8/2/19

8/2/19

8/23/19

Moose Lake CR #461, W of Britt (FR #11367 longer carry- down or ATV) 8/2/19 moderate to good density wild rice along shore, sparse in center, rice standing up to 4 feet, most stalks flowering

8/2/19

8/2/19

8/21/19

Island River FR #377/379, N of Isabella 8/5/19 moderate density wild rice downstream of bridge on FR #377, moderate density wild rice in bay along FR #379, rice standing 1-2 feet, many plants flowering

8/5/19

8/5/19

8/21/19

Birch Lake CR #407, N of Babbitt 8/6/19 fair to good stands of wild rice in bays and along banks in west arm

8/6/19

8/6/19

8/6/19

8/6/19

8/21/19

8/21/19

Little Indian Sioux River CR #116 (Echo Trail), E of Buyck 7/31/19 good stands of wild rice

7/31/19

8/21/19

South Kawishiwi River Hwy #1, S of Ely 7/30/19 wild rice along portions of shore, moderate to good density

7/30/19

7/30/19

Pike River CR #26, S of Tower 8/2/19 wild rice along banks, moderate density rice mixed with other vegetation, no report from other parts of the river

8/2/19

 

North McDougal Lake FR #106, W of Isabella 7/30/19 small stands of wild rice near access, moderate to good density, no report from other parts of lake, no report from other McDougal lakes

7/30/19

7/30/19

8/23/19

Middle McDougal Lake FR #106, W of Isabella 8/23/19 sparse to moderate density wild rice over most of lake, viewed from air

8/23/19

 

Moosehorn River CR #61, S of Moose Lake 8/8/19 good stands of wild rice along banks, most rice standing 2-4 feet, some standing up to 6 feet and some shorter, plants flowering, seeds still empty

8/8/19

8/8/19

8/23/19

Greenwood Lake CR #2, N of Two Harbors 8/5/19 sparse to moderately dense wild rice near public access on south end, rice standing 1-3 feet, many plants flowering, sparse to moderate dense wild rice on north end of lake (viewed from air on 8/23/19)

8/5/19

8/23/19

8/23/19

Tamarack River / Tamarack Lake Hwy #210, near Wright 8/8/19 good density wild rice in river near highway, rice standing 1-3 feet, moderate to dense wild rice in narrows of Tamarack Lake (viewed from air on 8/23/19)

8/8/19

8/23/19

Mark Lake FR #161, W of Grand Marais 8/13/19 appears good density wild rice (viewed from shore), rice standing up to 3 feet

8/13/19

8/21/19

Butterball Lake FR #795, E of Hoyt Lakes 8/14/19 appears mostly moderate density wild rice, some sparse and some thicker areas, most rice standing 2-3 feet, seeds milky

8/14/19

8/23/19

Northern Light Lake CR #12 (Gunflint Trail), N of Grand Marais 8/13/19 mostly sparse wild rice, a few moderate stands along river, rice standing 1.5-3 feet

8/13/19

8/21/19

8/21/19

Elbow Lake CR #12 (Gunflint Trail), N of Grand Marais 8/21/19 appears no wild rice, viewed from air

8/21/19

 

Stone/East Stone lakes CR #319, S of Zim 8/23/19 areas of moderate density wild rice on Stone Lake, areas of moderate to thick density wild rice on East Stone and channel between lakes, viewed from air

8/23/19

8/23/19

Papoose Lake CR #44, N of Duluth (difficult access) 8/23/19 appears wild rice over most of lake, moderate density, viewed from air

8/23/19

 

Sand Lake CR #2, N of Two Harbors 8/23/19 appears sparse to moderate density wild rice in bay, viewed from air

8/23/19

 

Seven Beaver Lake FR #418, E of Hoyt Lakes (difficult access) 8/23/19 appears sparse to moderate density wild rice in southwest bay of lake, viewed from air

8/23/19

 

Round Lake FR #418 E of Hoyt Lakes (difficult access) 8/23/19 appears sparse to moderate density wild rice in portions of lake, viewed from air

8/23/19

8/23/19

Stony Lake CR #2, N of Two Harbors 8/23/19 appears wild rice over most of lake, sparse to moderate density on south end, moderate density on north end, viewed from air

8/23/19

8/23/19

Wabuse Lake CR #351, E of Cotton (difficult access) 8/23/19 appears sparse wild rice, viewed from air

8/23/19

 

Washusk Lake #1 CR #351, E of Cotton (difficult access) 8/23/19 appears sparse to moderate density wild rice across most of lake, viewed from air

8/23/19

 

Washusk Lake #2 CR #351, E of Cotton (difficult access) 8/23/19 appears no wild rice, viewed from air

8/23/19

 

Fourmile Lake FR #170, N of Tofte 8/21/19 appears mostly sparse wild rice density in bay on west end, viewed from air

8/21/19

 

Swamp Lake FR #170, N of Lutsen (difficult access) 8/21/19 appears sparse to moderate density wild rice across most of lake, viewed from air

8/21/19

 

(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 2019.  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.