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

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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
WIAshlandKakagon Sloughs (on reservation)No DataOpening date has not been determined
WIBarronBeaver Dam LakeNo DataOpening date has not been determined
WIBarronRed Cedar LakeNo DataOpening date has not been determined
WIBarron, WashburnBear Lake (Part of lake also in Washburn County)No DataOpening date has not been determined
WIBayfieldTotogatic LakeNo DataOpening date has not been determined
WIBurnettBashaw LakeNo DataOpening date has not been determined
WIBurnettBig Sand (Historic Lake)No DataOpening date has not been determined
WIBurnettBriggs LakeNo DataOpening date has not been determined
WIBurnettClam LakeNo DataOpening date has not been determined
WIBurnettGaslyn LakeNo DataOpening date has not been determined
WIBurnettLong LakeNo DataOpening date has not been determined
WIBurnettMud Hen LakeNo DataOpening date has not been determined
WIBurnettMud Lake - Town of Oakland (Historic Lake)No DataOpening date has not been determined
WIBurnettMud Lake - Town of SwissNo DataOpening date has not been determined
WIBurnettSpencer LakeNo DataOpening date has not been determined
WIBurnettTrade LakeNo DataOpening date has not been determined
WIDouglasAllouez Bay (Historic Lake)No DataOpening date has not been determined
WIDouglasMulligan LakeNo DataOpening date has not been determined
WIForestRice Lake (Big)No DataOpening date has not been determined
WIForestRiley Lake (Indian Lake)No DataOpening date has not been determined
WIForestWabikon LakeNo DataOpening date has not been determined
WIForest, OneidaAtkins Lake (Historic Lake)No DataOpening date has not been determined
WIMarinetteLake NoquebayNo DataOpening date has not been determined
WIOneidaBig LakeNo DataOpening date has not been determined
WIOneidaBig Lake ThoroughfareNo DataOpening date has not been determined
WIOneidaGary Lake (Limited public access, lake will not be posted at site.)No DataOpening date has not been determined
WIOneidaLittle Rice Lake (Historic Lake)No DataOpening date has not been determined
WIOneidaRice LakeNo DataOpening date has not been determined
WIOneidaSpur LakeNo DataOpening date has not been determined
WIPolkBalsam BranchNo DataOpening date has not been determined
WIPolkBig RoundNo DataOpening date has not been determined
WIPolkEast or Lotus LakeNo DataOpening date has not been determined
WIPolkGlenton (Rice Lake Near Milltown) (Historic Lake)No DataOpening date has not been determined
WIPolkLt. Butternut LakeNo DataOpening date has not been determined
WIPolkRice Lake (Alden Town)No DataOpening date has not been determined
WIPolkWhite Ash LakeNo DataOpening date has not been determined
WIVilas(Mickeys) Mud LakeNo DataOpening date has not been determined
WIVilasAllequash LakeNo DataOpening date has not been determined
WIVilasAurora LakeNo DataOpening date has not been determined
WIVilasDevine LakeNo DataOpening date has not been determined
WIVilasFrost Lake (Limited public access, lake will not be posted at the site.)No DataOpening date has not been determined
WIVilasIrving LakeNo DataOpening date has not been determined
WIVilasLittle Rice LakeNo DataOpening date has not been determined
WIVilasNixon LakeNo DataOpening date has not been determined
WIVilasRice Lake (on G)No DataOpening date has not been determined
WIVilasWest Plum LakeNo DataOpening date has not been determined
WIWashburnGilmore LakeNo DataOpening date has not been determined
WIWashburnLittle Mud LakeNo DataOpening date has not been determined
WIWashburnLong LakeNo DataOpening date has not been determined
WIWashburnMud LakeNo DataOpening date has not been determined
WIWashburnRice Lake (Limited public access, lake will not be posted at the site.)No DataOpening date has not been determined
WIWashburnSpring Lake (Minong Township)No DataOpening date has not been determined
WIWashburnTranus LakeNo DataOpening date has not been determined


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!