Summary of Off-Reservation Manoomin (Wild Rice) Harvest Regulations

For a full copy of your tribe's ordinance, see your tribal office.

 NOTE: click state to view summary regs.

Wisconsin

PERMITS:

A tribal Off-Reservation Natural Resource Harvesting Permit is required for off-reservation ricing. This permit is available free of charge at your tribal conservation department. You must carry your permit with you when ricing off-reservation.

RICING STICKS:

You must use smooth, rounded, cedar rods or sticks no longer than 38 inches. (Note: "binding" the rice is not permitted.)

BOATS:

Boats can be no longer than 17 feet, or wider than 38 inches. The gunwales of the boat cannot be modified to capture rice outside of the boat. Boats can only be propelled with push poles or paddles.

RICING HOURS:

10:00 a.m. until sunset on all date-regulated and non-regulated public rice waters.

DATE-REGULATED LAKES:

No ricing is allowed on the off-reservation lakes listed except for the days they have been named open by the tribal ricing authority. The dates that a date-regulated lake is open for harvesting will be posted at access points to the lake. Rice waters not listed may be harvested whenever the rice is ripe.
Minnesota

PERMITS:

A tribal Off-Reservation Natural Resource Harvesting Permit is required for off-reservation ricing.  This permit is available free of charge at your tribal conservation department.  You must carry your permit with you when ricing off-reservation.

RICING STICKS:

You must use smooth, rounded, cedar rods or sticks no longer than 32 inches in length and which are held and operated by hand.. (Note: "binding" the rice is not permitted.)

BOATS:

Boats can be no longer than 17 feet, or wider than 38 inches. The gunwales of the boat cannot be modified to capture rice outside of the boat. Boats can only be propelled with push poles or paddles.

RICING HOURS:

9:00 a.m. until sunset on all public waters.

OPEN SEASON:

No member shall harvest wild rice in any body of water except during the times(s) as such body of water is posted open by the Mille Lacs Wild Rice Authority.  Posting will be done on the shores of and at places of access to the wild rice waters.
Michigan

Unregulated

Map of Manoomin Waters

 NOTE: click map icons for opening notes and aerial photos.


Open

Open dates vary

Closed

Not date-regulated, open when rice is ripe

Manoomin Waters



Rice Abundance Information for Manoomin Waters
Aerial Photos & Surveys


 NOTE: click on a column heading to sort table.


State County Waterbody Survey Results Opening Notes
MIGogebicCrooked LakeFairThis water is not date-regulated
MIGogebicOntonagon RiverVery GoodThis water is not date-regulated
MIGogebicSucker LakePoorThis water is not date-regulated
MNAitkinMallardAverageThis water is not date-regulated
MNCrow WingDeanPoorThis water is not date-regulated
WIBarronBeaver Dam LakeNo DataClosed for the season
WIBarronRed Cedar LakeNo DataClosed for the season
WIBarron, WashburnBear Lake (Part of lake also in Washburn County)AverageOpened on 2016-08-26
WIBayfieldChippewa LakePoorThis water is not date-regulated
WIBayfieldTotogatic LakePoorClosed for the season
WIBurnettBashaw LakePoorClosed for the season
WIBurnettBig Sand (Historic Lake)No DataClosed for the season
WIBurnettBriggs LakeAverageOpened on 2016-08-26
WIBurnettClam LakeAverageOpened on 2016-08-29
WIBurnettGaslyn LakePoorClosed for the season
WIBurnettLong LakeGoodOpen 8-26 / Closed 8-27 & 8-28 / Open 8-29 for season
WIBurnettLoon Lake (Carter's Bridge)AverageThis water is not date-regulated
WIBurnettMud Hen LakeFairOpened on 2016-08-28
WIBurnettMud Lake - Town of Oakland (Historic Lake)PoorClosed for the season
WIBurnettMud Lake - Town of SwissGoodOpened on 2016-08-26
WIBurnettNorth Fork Flowage (Crex Meadows)FairThis water is not date-regulated
WIBurnettPhantom FlowageAverageThis water is not date-regulated
WIBurnettRice Lake (1)(Wbic 2677900). (Near Hertel)GoodThis water is not date-regulated
WIBurnettSpencer LakePoorClosed for the season
WIBurnettTrade LakeNo DataClosed for the season
WIBurnett, Douglas, PolkSt Croix River (Cutaway Dam)AverageThis water is not date-regulated
WIDouglasAllouez Bay (Historic Lake)PoorClosed for the season
WIDouglasLower Ox LakePoorThis water is not date-regulated
WIDouglasMulligan LakePoorClosed for the season
WIDouglasRadigan FlowageFairThis water is not date-regulated
WIDouglas, WashburnMinong FlowageFairThis water is not date-regulated
WIForestHiles MillpondAverageThis water is not date-regulated
WIForestLittle Rice LakeVery GoodThis water is not date-regulated
WIForestRiley Lake (Indian Lake)PoorClosed for the season
WIForestWabikon LakeFairOpened on 2016-08-31
WIForest, OneidaAtkins Lake (Historic Lake)PoorClosed for the season
WIForest, VilasUpper Ninemile FlowagePoorThis water is not date-regulated
WIIronLittle Turtle FlowageVery GoodThis water is not date-regulated
WILangladeUnnamed (Daily) PondPoorThis water is not date-regulated
WILincolnAlice LakeFairThis water is not date-regulated
WIMarinetteLake NoquebayNo DataOpened on 2016-09-01
WIOneidaBig LakeAverageOpened on 2016-09-03
WIOneidaBig Lake ThoroughfareAverageOpened on 2016-09-03
WIOneidaGary Lake (Limited public access, lake will not be posted at site.)AverageOpened on 2016-09-05
WIOneidaLittle Rice Lake (Historic Lake)PoorClosed for the season
WIOneidaRice LakePoorClosed for the season
WIOneidaSpur LakePoorClosed for the season
WIPolkApple River FlowageGoodThis water is not date-regulated
WIPolkBalsam BranchPoorClosed for the season
WIPolkBig RoundAverageOpened on 2016-08-26
WIPolkEast or Lotus LakeNo DataClosed for the season
WIPolkGlenton (Rice Lake Near Milltown) (Historic Lake)PoorClosed for the season
WIPolkJoel FlowageGoodThis water is not date-regulated
WIPolkLt. Butternut LakeFairClosed for the season
WIPolkRice Bed CreekGoodThis water is not date-regulated
WIPolkRice Lake (Alden Town)PoorClosed for the season
WIPolkWapogasset LakeAverageThis water is not date-regulated
WIPolkWhite Ash LakeGoodOpened on 2016-08-28
WIPriceSpring Creek Wa FlowageFairThis water is not date-regulated
WIRuskLea Lake FlowageGoodThis water is not date-regulated
WISawyerPacwawong LakeFairThis water is not date-regulated
WISawyerPhipps FlowageFairThis water is not date-regulated
WITaylorChequamegon Waters FlowageGoodThis water is not date-regulated
WITaylorMondeaux FlowageAverageThis water is not date-regulated
WIVilas(Mickeys) Mud LakePoorClosed for the season
WIVilasAllequash LakePoorClosed for the season
WIVilasAurora LakeFairOpened on 2016-09-06
WIVilasDevine LakePoorClosed for the season
WIVilasFrost Lake (Limited public access, lake will not be posted at the site.)FairOpened on 2016-09-06
WIVilasIrving LakeFairOpened on 2016-09-05
WIVilasIsland Lake (Rice Creek)GoodThis water is not date-regulated
WIVilasLittle Rice LakePoorClosed for the season
WIVilasManitowish RiverVery GoodThis water is not date-regulated
WIVilasNixon LakePoorClosed for the season
WIVilasRest LakeGoodThis water is not date-regulated
WIVilasRice Creek (near Big & Round Lakes)GoodThis water is not date-regulated
WIVilasRice Lake (on G)AverageOpened on 2016-09-06
WIVilasWest Plum LakePoorClosed for the season
WIWashburnBlack Brook FlowagePoorThis water is not date-regulated
WIWashburnDilly LakeFairThis water is not date-regulated
WIWashburnGilmore LakePoorClosed for the season
WIWashburnLittle Mud LakePoorClosed for the season
WIWashburnLong LakePoorClosed for the season
WIWashburnMud LakePoorClosed for the season
WIWashburnPotato LakeFairThis water is not date-regulated
WIWashburnRice Lake (Limited public access, lake will not be posted at the site.)PoorClosed for the season
WIWashburnSpring Lake (Minong Township)PoorClosed for the season
WIWashburnTranus LakeAverageOpened on 2016-09-01
WIWashburnTrego FlowageFairThis water is not date-regulated


General Notes: This summary report is provided as a service to harvesters. The estimates of rice abundance are compiled from air surveys in Minnesota, and both air and ground surveys in Wisconsin. Wisconsin waters are divided into date-regulated lakes and non-date regulated waters. If the water you are interested in is not on the list of date-regulated waters, you may harvest it whenever the rice is ripe. (All other ricing regulations still apply.)


For each water, the crop is listed as either Poor, Fair, Average, Good or Very Good; these relative terms compare the crop to other recent years for that individual water. A "Fair" crop on a lake that generally supports large beds may represent more rice than a "Good" crop on a smaller water. Air surveys are not yet completed; additional waters will be flown if conditions permit.


Remember, if the rice is not falling well, and still has empty hulls or milky seeds, PLEASE stop ricing and give the bed more time to mature.


It is important to note that even where rice plants appear to be relatively abundant, seed production can be poor due to disease or other factors. In addition, heavy rain events and other factors can change the status of the beds after surveys have been conducted. You are encouraged to use this information as an initial guide, and conduct your own scouting trips to the waters you are considering harvesting.


Best wishes for a great season!