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 18 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
MIGogebicOntonagon RiverVery GoodThis water is not date-regulated
MIGogebicSucker LakePoorThis water is not date-regulated
MNAitkinMallardPoorThis water is not date-regulated
MNAitkinSandyGoodThis water is not date-regulated
MNCrow WingDeanPoorThis water is not date-regulated
WIBarronBeaver Dam LakeFailureClosed for the season
WIBarronRed Cedar LakeFailureClosed for the season
WIBarron, WashburnBear Lake (Part of lake also in Washburn County)FairOpened on 2018-08-28
WIBayfieldChippewa LakeAverageThis water is not date-regulated
WIBayfieldTotogatic LakeGoodOpened on 2018-09-01
WIBurnettBashaw LakeFailureClosed for the season
WIBurnettBig Sand (Historic Lake)No DataClosed for the season
WIBurnettBriggs LakeGoodOpened on 2018-08-30
WIBurnettClam LakeAverageOpened on 2018-08-28
WIBurnettClam River FlowageAverageThis water is not date-regulated
WIBurnettGaslyn LakePoorClosed for the season
WIBurnettLong LakeAverageopen Saturday August 25th / closed Sunday, Monday / open Tuesday August 28th
WIBurnettLoon Lake (Carter's Bridge)AverageThis water is not date-regulated
WIBurnettMud Hen LakePoorClosed for the season
WIBurnettMud Lake - Town of Oakland (Historic Lake)FailureClosed for the season
WIBurnettMud Lake - Town of Swiss (Limited public access, lake will not be posted at the site)AverageOpened on 2018-08-30
WIBurnettNorth Fork Flowage (Crex Meadows)AverageThis water is not date-regulated
WIBurnettNorth Lang LakePoorThis water is not date-regulated
WIBurnettPhantom Flowage (water probably too low for harvest)FairThis water is not date-regulated
WIBurnettRice Lake (1)(Wbic 2677900). (Near Hertel)AverageThis water is not date-regulated
WIBurnettSpencer LakeFailureClosed for the season
WIBurnettTrade LakeFailureClosed for the season
WIBurnettYellow LakeGoodThis water is not date-regulated
WIBurnett, Douglas, PolkSt Croix River (Cutaway Dam)GoodThis water is not date-regulated
WIDouglasAllouez Bay (Historic Lake)FailureClosed for the season
WIDouglasMulligan LakeFailureClosed for the season
WIDouglasRadigan Flowage (Dam failure, no rice)FailureThis water is not date-regulated
WIDouglasUpper Ox LakePoorThis water is not date-regulated
WIDouglas, WashburnMinong FlowageAverageThis water is not date-regulated
WIForestHiles MillpondGoodThis water is not date-regulated
WIForestLittle Rice LakeVery GoodThis water is not date-regulated
WIForestRat River (Glifwc Long Term Study)FailureThis water is not date-regulated
WIForestRiley Lake (Indian Lake)PoorOpened on 2018-09-01
WIForestWabikon LakeFairOpened on 2018-09-01
WIForest, OneidaAtkins Lake (Historic Lake)FailureClosed for the season
WIIronLittle Turtle FlowageVery GoodThis water is not date-regulated
WIIronMud LakeFailureThis water is not date-regulated
WIIronTurtle Flambeau Flowage (Murray's Landing)GoodThis water is not date-regulated
WILangladeMiniwakan LakePoorThis water is not date-regulated
WILangladePickerel Creek (Goose Island)FairThis water is not date-regulated
WILangladeUnnamed (Daily) PondFailureThis water is not date-regulated
WIOneidaBig LakeGoodOpened on 2018-08-29
WIOneidaBig Lake ThoroughfareGoodOpened on 2018-08-29
WIOneidaCuenin LakePoorThis water is not date-regulated
WIOneidaFourmile LakeFairThis water is not date-regulated
WIOneidaGary Lake (Limited public access, lake will not be posted at site)GoodOpened on 2018-09-04
WIOneidaLittle Rice Lake (Historic Lake)FailureClosed for the season
WIOneidaRice LakeFailureClosed for the season
WIOneidaSpur LakeFailureClosed for the season
WIOneida, VilasLower Ninemile LakePoorThis water is not date-regulated
WIPolkApple River FlowageGoodThis water is not date-regulated
WIPolkBalsam BranchVery GoodOpened on 2018-08-28
WIPolkBig RoundFairOpened on 2018-08-28
WIPolkEast or Lotus LakeFailureClosed for the season
WIPolkGlenton (Rice Lake Near Milltown) (Historic Lake)FairClosed for the season
WIPolkJoel FlowageAverageThis water is not date-regulated
WIPolkLt. Butternut LakeNo DataClosed for the season
WIPolkRice Bed CreekGoodThis water is not date-regulated
WIPolkRice Lake (Alden Town)FailureClosed for the season
WIPolkSomers LakeGoodThis water is not date-regulated
WIPolkWapogasset LakeGoodThis water is not date-regulated
WIPolkWhite Ash LakeGoodOpened on 2018-08-28
WIPriceFlambeau River, South ForkGoodThis water is not date-regulated
WIPriceLower Steve Creek FlowagePoorThis water is not date-regulated
WIPriceMusser LakePoorThis water is not date-regulated
WIPriceSpring Creek WA FlowagePoorThis water is not date-regulated
WIRuskLea Lake Flowage (possible disease outbreak)AverageThis water is not date-regulated
WISawyerBlaisdell LakeFailureThis water is not date-regulated
WISawyerPacwawong Lake (Tends to ripen later.)GoodThis water is not date-regulated
WISawyerPhipps Flowage (Likely brown spot disease.)GoodThis water is not date-regulated
WITaylorChequamegon Waters FlowagePoorThis water is not date-regulated
WITaylorMondeaux FlowageGoodThis water is not date-regulated
WIVilas(Mickeys) Mud LakeNo DataClosed for the season
WIVilasAllequash LakeFailureClosed for the season
WIVilasAurora LakeFailureClosed for the season
WIVilasDevine LakeFairClosed for the season
WIVilasFrost Lake (Limited public access, lake will not be posted at the site)PoorClosed for the season
WIVilasIrving LakeFailureClosed for the season
WIVilasIsland Lake (Rice Creek. Tends to ripen later.)GoodThis water is not date-regulated
WIVilasLittle Rice LakeFailureClosed for the season
WIVilasManitowish RiverVery GoodThis water is not date-regulated
WIVilasMud CreekFairThis water is not date-regulated
WIVilasNixon LakePoorClosed for the season
WIVilasPartridge LakeFailureThis water is not date-regulated
WIVilasRest LakeFairThis water is not date-regulated
WIVilasRice Creek (average btw Big and Round / good N of Island)AverageThis water is not date-regulated
WIVilasRice Lake (on G)PoorClosed for the season
WIVilasWest Plum LakeFailureClosed for the season
WIWashburnDilly LakeGoodThis water is not date-regulated
WIWashburnGilmore LakePoorClosed for the season
WIWashburnLittle Mud LakeAverageOpened on 2018-08-28
WIWashburnLong LakePoorClosed for the season
WIWashburnMud LakeAverageOpened on 2018-08-28
WIWashburnPotato LakeAverageThis water is not date-regulated
WIWashburnRice Lake (Limited public access, lake will not be posted at the site)FairClosed for the season
WIWashburnSpring Lake (Minong Township)FailureClosed for the season
WIWashburnTranus LakeAverageClosed for the season
WIWashburnTrego FlowageAverageThis 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!