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).

Water Body Location Date Wild Rice Conditions Photos
Big Rice Lake FR #247, N of Virginia 7/15/21 sparse wild rice plants in center of lake, some flowering, no report from other parts of lake

7/15/21

7/15/21

Breda Lake CR #44, N of Brimson (paddle down Petrel Creek) 7/28/21 wild rice over most of lake, mostly good density, some moderate density, many plants flowering, good wild rice stands in Petrel Creek also, shallow water and difficult access in lake

7/15/21

7/28/21

7/28/21

Cabin Lake FR #359, E of Isabella (rough access road) 7/27/21 wild rice over most of lake, mostly sparse to moderate density, some good density areas, rice standing up to 2 feet, many plants flowering

7/14/21

7/14/21

7/27/21

Campers Lake CR #2 W of Isabella (paddle down Stony River) 7/27/21 moderate to good density wild rice covering lake, rice standing up to 2 feet, many plants flowering, stalks turning yellow?

7/27/21

7/27/21

Cramer Lake CR #7, NE of Finland 7/27/21 thick wild rice over most (more than 3/4) of lake, rice standing about 2 feet, many plants flowering

7/27/21

7/27/21

Kettle Lake Kettle Lk Rd (off Hwy 210), SE of Cromwell 7/23/21 moderate to good density wild rice near access and at outlet, sparse in center, plants standing up to 4-6 feet, plants flowering

7/15/21

7/23/21

7/23/21

Little Rice Lake CR #304, N of Virginia 7/29/21 sparse wild rice across most of lake, thick other vegetation (watershield), rice standing 1-2 feet, many plants flowering

7/29/21

7/29/21

Round Island Lake FR #172, E of Isabella (rough access road) 7/27/21 sparse wild rice plants, thick other vegetation (watershield)

7/27/21

7/27/21

Stone Lake FR #120, E of Hoyt Lakes (longer carry-down) 7/15/21 moderate to good density wild rice across most of lake (except south end), rice standing 1-3 feet, many plants flowering

7/15/21

7/15/21

7/15/21

Vermilion River FR #4538, W of Crane Lake   7/14/21 moderate to good density wild rice along river channel (near Goldmine Resort), some plants flowering

7/14/21

7/14/21

Clark Lake CR #2, N of Two Harbors    7/26/21 moderate to good density wild rice in west half of lake, no report from east side

7/14/21

7/26/21

Leeman Lake Hwy #73 (Ricehaven Road), S of Floodwood  7/21/21 sparse wild rice, thick other vegetation (watershield)

7/21/21

7/21/21

Sand River Hwy #169, N of Virginia    

 

Wolf Lake CR #547, W of Brimson  7/28/21 sparse to moderate density wild rice along shores of lake

7/28/21

7/28/21

7/28/21

Tommila Lake FR #412, N of Brimson (longer carry-down)  7/15/21 moderate density wild rice over about 3/4 of lake

7/15/21

 

St. Louis River FR #795 (Skibo), E of Hoyt Lakes    

St. Louis River FR #130 (Norway Point), S of Hoyt Lakes    

 

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)    

 

Island River FR #377/379, N of Isabella    

 

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

 

Middle McDougal Lake FR #106, W of Isabella    

 

Greenwood Lake CR #2, N of Two Harbors  7/14/21 moderate density wild rice near public access, no report from north end of lake

7/14/21

 

Sand Lake CR #2, N of Two Harbors    

 

Stony Lake CR #2, N of Two Harbors    

 

Tamarack River / Tamarack Lake Hwy #210, near Wright  7/6/21 thick wild rice in river near highway

 

 

 

Mark Lake FR #161, W of Grand Marais    

 

 

Moosehorn River CR #61, S of Moose Lake    

 

Birch Lake CR #407, N of Babbitt  7/19/21 moderate density wild rice in bay next to public access, no report from further down west arm of lake

7/19/21

 

Little Indian Sioux River CR #116 (Echo Trail), E of Buyck    

 

 

Pike River CR #26, S of Tower    

 

 

Cloquet Lake FR #102, W of Finland    

Butterball Lake FR #795, E of Hoyt Lakes    

 

Little Butterball Lake FR #795, E of Hoyt Lakes    

 

Stone/East Stone/West Stone Lakes CR #319, S of Zim    

 

Fourmile Lake FR #170, N of Tofte    

 

 

Legler Lake CR #2, N of Two Harbors (Kane Lake Rd, FR #839, ATV trail)    

 

 

Northern Light Lake CR #12 (Gunflint Trail), N of Grand Marais    

Papoose Lake CR #44, N of Duluth (canoe river from Indian Lake)    

 

 

Seven Beaver Lake FR #418, E of Hoyt Lakes (difficult access)    

 

 

Round Lake FR #418, E of Hoyt Lakes (difficult access)    

 

Swamp Lake FR #170, N of Lutsen (difficult access)    

 

Wabuse Lake CR #351, E of Cotton (difficult access)    

 

Washusk Lake #1 CR #351, E of Cotton (difficult access)    

 

 

Washusk Lake #2 CR #351, E of Cotton (difficult access)    

 

 

(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.