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 8/17/20, 8/18/20, 8/25/20, and 8/30/20 under a cooperative effort between the Minnesota DNR, Fond du Lac Band, 1854 Treaty Authority, and U.S. Forest Service.

Water Body Location Date Wild Rice Conditions Photos
Big Rice Lake FR #247, N of Virginia 8/18/20 sparse wild rice in most areas, some areas with moderate density (mostly on east half, some on west), rice standing 2-3 feet (some taller), seeds a mix of empty/milky/filling and soft

8/18/20

8/18/20

8/18/20

8/18/20

8/18/20

8/18/20

8/17/20

8/17/20

Breda Lake CR #44, N of Brimson (paddle down Petrel Creek) 8/19/20 good density wild rice over about 2/3 of lake, most rice standing 2-3 feet, most seeds milky, some filling and soft, good density rice along parts of Petrel Creek

8/6/20

8/19/20

8/17/20

Cabin Lake FR #359, E of Isabella (rough access road) 8/25/20 wild rice covering most of lake, mostly moderate density, some areas with good density, rice standing 1-3 feet (some taller), most seeds milky, some filling and soft

8/25/20

8/25/20

8/25/20

8/25/20

8/18/20

Campers Lake CR #2 W of Isabella (paddle down Stony River) 8/26/20 moderate to good density wild rice across most of lake, most rice standing 2-3 feet, most seeds filling and soft

8/26/20

8/26/20

8/26/20

8/26/20

8/17/20

Cramer Lake CR #7, NE of Finland 8/25/20 good density wild rice over most of lake, most rice standing 1.5-3 feet (some taller), most seeds milky

8/25/20

8/25/20

8/25/20

8/25/20

8/18/20

Kettle Lake Kettle Lk Rd (off Hwy 210), SE of Cromwell 8/14/20 good density wild rice near access and in southwest bay, moderate density on north and east sides, sparse wild rice in center, most rice standing 2-3 feet, seeds mix of empty/milky/filling and soft

8/14/20

8/14/20

8/14/20

8/25/20

8/25/20

Little Rice Lake CR #304, N of Virginia 8/17/20 moderate density wild rice across most of lake, rice standing 2-2.5 feet, most seeds empty, some milky or soft

8/17/20

8/17/20

8/17/20

8/17/20

8/17/20

Round Island Lake FR #172, E of Isabella (rough access road) 8/26/20 mostly sparse wild rice, some areas of moderate density, rice standing 1-3 feet, seeds milky or filling and soft, thicker areas of other vegetation (watershield)

8/26/20

8/26/20

8/26/20

8/18/20

Stone Lake FR #120, E of Hoyt Lakes (longer carry-down) 8/17/20 good wild rice density across most of north part of lake, some rice extending into south side of lake, rice standing 2-4 feet, seeds milky with some filling and soft

8/17/20

8/17/20

8/17/20

8/17/20

Vermilion River FR #4538, W of Crane Lake   8/13/20 moderate to good density wild rice along river channel (stretch downstream from Goldmine Resort), most rice standing 2-3 feet (some taller), most seeds empty or milky, some filling and soft

8/13/20

8/13/20

8/13/20

8/13/20

8/13/20

8/13/20

8/25/20

Clark Lake CR #2, N of Two Harbors  8/17/20 appears to be moderate density wild rice on west end, good density wild rice over about half of east end (viewed from road and from air)

8/12/20

8/17/20

8/17/20

Leeman Lake Hwy #73 (Ricehaven Road), S of Floodwood  8/25/20 appears moderate density wild rice in about half of lake (viewed from shore and from air)

7/31/20

7/31/20

7/31/20

8/25/20

Sand River Hwy #169, N of Virginia 8/30/20 appears moderate to good density wild rice along river banks and across portions of river (viewed from air)

8/30/20

8/30/20

Wolf Lake CR #547, W of Brimson  8/17/20 moderate to good density wild rice along both sides of southern part of lake, some rice in areas of northern part of lake

8/6/20

8/6/20

8/6/20

8/17/20

8/17/20

Tommila Lake FR #412, N of Brimson (longer carry-down)  8/17/20 moderate to good density wild rice on north, western, and south sides of lake (about half of lake), sparse rice in center and towards eastern side

8/6/20

8/6/20

8/17/20

St. Louis River FR #795 (Skibo), E of Hoyt Lakes 8/18/20 moderate to good density wild rice along river channel, better coverage and density moving upriver, rice standing 1-3 feet, most seeds empty or milky, some filling and soft (on 8/10/20)

8/10/20

8/10/20

8/10/20

8/10/20

8/18/20

St. Louis River FR #130 (Norway Point), S of Hoyt Lakes 8/17/20 thick wild rice along river channel, rice standing 1-3 feet

7/23/20

7/23/20

8/17/20

Turpela Lake CR #100, S of Aurora  8/17/20 moderate to good density wild rice over most of lake

8/6/20

8/6/20

8/17/20

Moose Lake CR #461, W of Britt (FR #11367 longer carry- down or ATV) 8/17/20 wild rice over about half of lake, sparse/open in center, good density around edge of lake

7/23/20

7/23/20

8/17/20

Island River FR #377/379, N of Isabella 8/18/20 moderate to good density wild rice near bridge on FR #377 and in stretch along FR #379

7/27/20

7/27/20

7/27/20

8/18/20

North McDougal Lake FR #106, W of Isabella 8/17/20 small stands of moderate to good density wild rice near access

7/27/20

7/27/20

8/17/20

Middle McDougal Lake FR #106, W of Isabella 8/17/20 appears moderate to good density wild rice across most of lake (viewed from air)

8/17/20

 

Greenwood Lake CR #2, N of Two Harbors  8/17/20 moderate density wild rice near public access on south end, rice standing 1-3 feet, moderate density on north end also

7/23/20

8/12/20

8/17/20

8/17/20

Sand Lake CR #2, N of Two Harbors 8/17/20 appears moderate density wild rice in bay (viewed from air)

8/17/20

 

Stony Lake CR #2, N of Two Harbors 8/17/20 appears good density wild rice over most of lake (viewed from air)

8/17/20

8/17/20

Tamarack River / Tamarack Lake Hwy #210, near Wright  8/25/20 good density wild rice in river near highway, rice standing 1-3 feet (8/16), appears moderate to good density wild rice in narrows of lake (8/25)

8/16/20

8/25/20

 

Mark Lake FR #161, W of Grand Marais 8/18/20 appears moderate to good density rice over most of lake (viewed from air)

7/30/20

7/30/20

7/30/20

8/18/20

8/18/20

Moosehorn River CR #61, S of Moose Lake 8/5/20 good wild rice density along river channel, wild rice standing 3-6 feet (appears lower water on date of visit)

8/5/20

8/5/20

8/5/20

8/25/20

8/30/20

Birch Lake CR #407, N of Babbitt 8/6/20 moderate to good density wild rice in bays and along banks in west arm of lake, rice standing 1-3 feet, some seeds becoming milky

8/6/20

8/6/20

8/6/20

8/6/20

8/17/20

8/17/20

Little Indian Sioux River CR #116 (Echo Trail), E of Buyck 8/25/20 appears moderate to good wild rice stands along banks (viewed from air)

8/25/20

 

Pike River CR #26, S of Tower 8/10/20 moderate density wild rice along banks near bridge, no report from other parts of river

8/10/20

 

Cloquet Lake FR #102, W of Finland 8/17/20 moderate to good density wild rice along shore and across parts of lake, rice standing 2-3 feet

8/12/20

8/12/20

8/12/20

8/17/20

8/17/20

 

Butterball Lake FR #795, E of Hoyt Lakes 8/17/20 appears moderate density wild rice over most of lake (viewed from air)

8/17/20

 

Little Butterball Lake FR #795, E of Hoyt Lakes 8/17/20 appears moderate to good density wild rice over most of lake (viewed from air)

8/17/20

 

Stone/East Stone/West Stone Lakes CR #319, S of Zim 8/17/20 appears areas of moderate to good density wild rice (viewed from air)

8/17/20

8/17/20

8/17/20

Fourmile Lake FR #170, N of Tofte 8/18/20 appears moderate to good density wild rice in parts of bay on west end (viewed from air)

8/18/20

 

Legler Lake CR #2, N of Two Harbors (Kane Lake Rd, FR #839, ATV trail) 8/17/20 appears thick wild rice over most of lake (viewed from air)

8/17/20

 

Northern Light Lake CR #12 (Gunflint Trail), N of Grand Marais 8/18/20 appears some areas of moderate density wild rice (viewed from air)

8/18/20

8/18/20

Papoose Lake CR #44, N of Duluth (canoe river from Indian Lake) 8/17/20 appears moderate to good density wild rice over most of lake (viewed from air)

8/17/20

 

Seven Beaver Lake FR #418, E of Hoyt Lakes (difficult access) 8/17/20 appears areas of moderate density wild rice (viewed from air)

8/17/20

 

Round Lake FR #418, E of Hoyt Lakes (difficult access) 8/17/20 appears some areas of moderate to good density wild rice (viewed from air)

8/17/20

8/17/20

Swamp Lake FR #170, N of Lutsen (difficult access) 8/18/20 appears areas of moderate to good density wild rice across most of lake (viewed from air)

8/18/20

 

Wabuse Lake CR #351, E of Cotton (difficult access) 8/30/20 appears no or sparse wild rice (viewed from air)

8/30/20

 

Washusk Lake #1 CR #351, E of Cotton (difficult access) 8/17/20 appears good density wild rice over most of lake (viewed from air)

8/17/20

 

Washusk Lake #2 CR #351, E of Cotton (difficult access) 8/17/20 appears no or sparse wild rice (viewed from air)

8/17/20

 

(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 2020.  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.