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 8/31/21 under a cooperative effort between the Minnesota DNR, Fond du Lac Band, 1854 Treaty Authority, and U.S. Forest Service.

Tribal harvesters interested in selling wild rice seed for restoration efforts in the St. Louis River estuary please click here for information.

Water Body Location Date Wild Rice Conditions Photos
Big Rice Lake FR #247, N of Virginia 8/18/21 mostly areas of sparse wild rice, better rice presence on eastern half of lake, some areas of moderate density, some small areas of good density, most rice standing 2-4 feet, seeds mix of empty or milky or filling/soft

8/18/21

8/18/21

8/18/21

8/18/21

8/18/21

8/31/21

8/31/21

8/31/21

Breda Lake CR #44, N of Brimson (paddle down Petrel Creek) 8/19/21 wild rice over most of lake, good density on north end of lake, sparse to moderate on south half, seeds mostly empty to milky, some seeds filling, shallow water but access OK in most of lake

8/19/21

8/19/21

8/19/21

Cabin Lake FR #359, E of Isabella (rough access road) 8/24/21 wild rice over most of lake, mostly sparse to moderate density, some good density areas, rice standing 2-4 feet, most seeds empty or milky, a few filling and ripening

8/24/21

8/24/21

8/24/21

8/31/21

Campers Lake CR #2 W of Isabella (paddle down Stony River) 8/9/21 moderate to good density wild rice covering lake, most rice standing 1-2 feet, some taller

8/9/21

8/9/21

8/9/21

Cramer Lake CR #7, NE of Finland 8/24/21 good density wild rice over most of lake, some sparse or moderate areas, rice standing 2-4 feet, many seeds still milky, some filling and ripening

8/24/21

8/24/21

8/31/21

Kettle Lake Kettle Lk Rd (off Hwy 210), SE of Cromwell 8/17/21 good density wild rice along north shore and east end, moderate density in other areas, some sparse in center, most plants standing 1-3 feet, most seeds milky or filling/soft, some still empty, low water but access to lake OK at point/lake outlet, access OK across lake and in rice

8/17/21

8/17/21

8/17/21

8/17/21

Little Rice Lake CR #304, N of Virginia 8/23/21 sparse wild rice across most of lake, some small areas of moderate density, thick other vegetation (watershield), rice standing 2-3 feet, seeds mostly empty, some millky to ripe, low water and difficult access out from dock

8/23/21

8/23/21

8/23/21

8/31/21

Round Island Lake FR #172, E of Isabella (rough access road) 8/24/21 sparse wild rice plants, plants standing 3-10 inches, seeds mostly empty, many plants nipped off, thick other vegetation (watershield)

8/24/21

8/24/21

Stone Lake FR #120, E of Hoyt Lakes (longer carry-down) 8/17/21 moderate to good density wild rice across most of lake (except south end), most rice standing 2-4 feet, most seeds still milky, a few seeds filling, low water but access to rice OK

8/17/21

8/17/21

8/17/21

8/17/21

8/17/21

Vermilion River FR #4538, W of Crane Lake  8/19/21 moderate to good density wild rice along river channel (near Goldmine Resort), most plants standing 2-4 feet, most seeds filling and soft, a few seeds ripening, low water, access creek to river passable but difficult in spots, difficult spots across bay/elbow of river out to channel, difficult access in some rice stands along river channel, good rice stands along river near Buyck but much rice out of the water

8/19/21

8/19/21

8/19/21

8/19/21

8/19/21

8/31/21

Clark Lake CR #2, N of Two Harbors  8/9/21 moderate to good density wild rice in west half of lake, no report from east side

7/26/21

8/9/21

Leeman Lake Hwy #73 (Ricehaven Road), S of Floodwood  8/12/21 sparse wild rice, most rice standing 1-2 feet, most seeds empty or milky, thick other vegetation (watershield)

8/12/21

8/12/21

8/12/21

Wolf Lake CR #547, W of Brimson  8/6/21 sparse to moderate density wild rice along shores and across lake, most plants standing 1-3 feet, plants flowering, most seeds still empty

8/6/21

8/6/21

Tommila Lake FR #412, N of Brimson (longer carry-down)  8/6/21 wild rice over most of lake, mostly moderate density, some open or sparse areas

8/6/21

8/6/21

St. Louis River FR #795 (Skibo), E of Hoyt Lakes  8/6/21 good wild rice stands along channel and across river, most rice standing 1-3 feet, some taller, most seeds empty or milky, some seeds filling and soft

8/6/21

8/6/21

8/6/21

St. Louis River FR #130 (Norway Point), S of Hoyt Lakes  8/6/21 good wild rice stands along river channel, most rice standing 1-3 feet

8/6/21

8/6/21

8/6/21

Turpela Lake CR #100, S of Aurora  7/19/21 moderate to good density wild rice covering lake

7/19/21

 

Moose Lake CR #461, W of Britt (FR #11367 longer carry- down or ATV)  7/30/21 most of lake covered with wild rice, thick stands along shore, sparse in center, most plants standing 1-3 feet, some taller, plants flowering, seeds empty or milky

7/30/21

7/30/21

8/31/21

Island River FR #377/379, N of Isabella  8/9/21 good density wild rice along river channel and across bay, rice standing 2-3 feet, low water

8/9/21

8/9/21

8/9/21

8/9/21

8/31/21

North McDougal Lake FR #106, W of Isabella  7/17/21 small moderate to good density patches of wild rice near public access

7/17/21

 

Greenwood Lake CR #2, N of Two Harbors  8/9/21 moderate density wild rice near public access, rice standing 2-3 feet, no report from north end of lake

8/9/21

 

Tamarack River / Tamarack Lake Hwy #210, near Wright  8/2/21 thick wild rice in river near highway

8/2/21

 

 

Mark Lake FR #161, W of Grand Marais  8/4/21 moderate to good density wild rice over most of visible portion of lake, most rice standing 1-3 feet, plants flowering, low water

8/4/21

8/31/21

8/31/21

Moosehorn River CR #61, S of Moose Lake  8/2/21 good (thick and tall) wild rice stands along river channel

8/2/21

8/2/21

Birch Lake CR #407, N of Babbitt  8/31/21 moderate density wild rice in bay next to public access, appears moderate density down west arm of lake (viewed from air)

7/19/21

8/31/21

8/31/21

Cloquet Lake FR #102, W of Finland  7/30/21 patches of moderate to good density wild rice, plants flowering

7/30/21

7/30/21

7/30/21

Sand River Hwy #169, N of Virginia  9/1/21 good wild rice stands along banks and across river, rice standing 2-4 feet, remaining seeds ripening

9/1/21

9/1/21

8/31/21

Pike River CR #26, S of Tower  9/1/21 moderate density stands of wild rice along banks near bridge, rice standing 1-3 feet, remaining seeds ripening, no report from other parts of river

9/1/21

 

Fourmile Lake FR #170, N of Tofte 8/31/21 appears moderate density wild rice in parts of bay on west end (viewed from air)

8/31/21

 

Little Indian Sioux River CR #116 (Echo Trail), E of Buyck 8/31/21 appears moderate density wild rice stands along banks (viewed from air)

8/31/21

 

Northern Light Lake CR #12 (Gunflint Trail), N of Grand Marais 8/31/21 appears some areas of moderate density wild rice (viewed from air)

8/31/21

8/31/21

(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 2021.  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.