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
MIGogebicOntonagon RiverGoodThis water is not date-regulated
MIGogebicSucker LakePoorThis water is not date-regulated
MNAitkinMallardVery GoodThis water is not date-regulated
MNAitkinSandyGoodThis water is not date-regulated
MNCrow WingDeanGoodThis water is not date-regulated
MNCrow Wing, Morrison, BentonMississippi RiverGoodThis water is not date-regulated
MNMille LacsShakopeeGoodThis water is not date-regulated
MNMorrisonSullivanAverageThis 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)FairOpened on 2017-09-01
WIBayfieldChippewa LakeFairThis water is not date-regulated
WIBayfieldTotogatic LakeAverageOpening on Sun 2017-09-03; closed Mon; open Tues 2017-09-05
WIBurnettBashaw LakePoorClosed for the season
WIBurnettBig Sand (Historic Lake)PoorClosed for the season
WIBurnettBriggs LakeAverageOpened on 2017-09-01
WIBurnettClam LakeGoodOpened on 2017-09-04
WIBurnettGaslyn LakePoorClosed for the season
WIBurnettLong LakeGoodOpening on Fri 2017-09-01; closed Sat & Sun; open Mon, 2017-09-04
WIBurnettMud Hen LakeFairOpened on 2017-09-01
WIBurnettMud Lake - Town of Oakland (Historic Lake)PoorClosed for the season
WIBurnettMud Lake - Town of Swiss (Limited public access, lake will not be posted at the site.)FairOpened on 2017-09-01
WIBurnettNorth Lang LakePoorThis water is not date-regulated
WIBurnettPhantom FlowageFairThis water is not date-regulated
WIBurnettRice Lake (1)(Wbic 2677900). (Near Hertel)AverageThis water is not date-regulated
WIBurnettSpencer LakePoorClosed for the season
WIBurnettTrade LakeNo DataClosed for the season
WIBurnettYellow LakeAverageThis water is not date-regulated
WIBurnett, Douglas, PolkSt Croix River (Cutaway Dam)GoodThis water is not date-regulated
WIDouglasAllouez Bay (Historic Lake)PoorClosed for the season
WIDouglasMulligan LakePoorClosed for the season
WIDouglasRadigan FlowageGoodThis water is not date-regulated
WIDouglasUpper Ox LakePoorThis water is not date-regulated
WIDouglas, WashburnMinong FlowageFairThis water is not date-regulated
WIForestHiles MillpondGoodThis water is not date-regulated
WIForestLittle Rice LakeAverageThis water is not date-regulated
WIForestRat RiverPoorThis water is not date-regulated
WIForestRiley Lake (Indian Lake)PoorOpened on 2017-09-07
WIForestScott LakePoorThis water is not date-regulated
WIForestWabikon LakePoorOpened on 2017-09-07
WIForest, OneidaAtkins Lake (Historic Lake)PoorClosed for the season
WIForest, OneidaScott Creek ImpoundmentPoorThis water is not date-regulated
WIForest, OneidaWolf RiverGoodThis water is not date-regulated
WIForest, VilasUpper Ninemile FlowagePoorThis water is not date-regulated
WIIronLittle Turtle FlowageAverageThis water is not date-regulated
WIIronMud LakePoorThis water is not date-regulated
WILangladeMiniwakan LakePoorThis water is not date-regulated
WILangladePickerel Creek (Goose Island)FairThis water is not date-regulated
WILangladeSpider Creek FlowagePoorThis water is not date-regulated
WILangladeUnnamed (Daily) PondPoorThis water is not date-regulated
WIOneidaBig LakePoorClosed for the season
WIOneidaBig Lake ThoroughfareFairOpened on 2017-09-11
WIOneidaCuenin LakeAverageThis water is not date-regulated
WIOneidaFourmile LakeAverageThis water is not date-regulated
WIOneidaGary Lake (Limited public access, lake will not be posted at site.)No DataOpened on 2017-09-11
WIOneidaLittle Rice Lake (Historic Lake)PoorClosed for the season
WIOneidaRice LakePoorClosed for the season
WIOneidaSpur LakePoorClosed for the season
WIOneida, VilasLower Ninemile LakePoorThis water is not date-regulated
WIPolkApple River FlowageGoodThis water is not date-regulated
WIPolkBalsam BranchPoorClosed for the season
WIPolkBig RoundGoodOpened on 2017-09-01
WIPolkEast or Lotus LakePoorClosed for the season
WIPolkGlenton (Rice Lake Near Milltown) (Historic Lake)PoorClosed for the season
WIPolkJoel FlowageFairThis water is not date-regulated
WIPolkLt. Butternut LakeNo DataClosed for the season
WIPolkRice Bed CreekFairThis water is not date-regulated
WIPolkRice Lake (Alden Town)No DataClosed for the season
WIPolkSomers LakeAverageThis water is not date-regulated
WIPolkWapogasset LakeAverageThis water is not date-regulated
WIPolkWhite Ash LakeFairOpened on 2017-09-02
WIPriceFlambeau River, South ForkGoodThis water is not date-regulated
WIPriceLower Steve Creek FlowagePoorThis water is not date-regulated
WIPriceSpring Creek WA FlowageFairThis water is not date-regulated
WIRuskLea Lake FlowageGoodThis water is not date-regulated
WISawyerPacwawong Lake (Tends to ripen later.)GoodThis water is not date-regulated
WISawyerPhipps FlowageGoodThis water is not date-regulated
WITaylorChequamegon Waters FlowageFairThis 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 LakePoorClosed for the season
WIVilasDevine LakePoorClosed for the season
WIVilasFrost Lake (Limited public access, lake will not be posted at the site.)PoorClosed for the season
WIVilasIrving LakePoorClosed for the season
WIVilasIsland Lake (Rice Creek. Tends to ripen later.)GoodThis water is not date-regulated
WIVilasLittle Rice LakePoorClosed for the season
WIVilasManitowish RiverGoodThis water is not date-regulated
WIVilasMud CreekAverageThis water is not date-regulated
WIVilasNixon LakePoorClosed for the season
WIVilasPartridge LakePoorThis water is not date-regulated
WIVilasRest LakeFairThis water is not date-regulated
WIVilasRice Creek (near Big & Round Lakes)GoodThis water is not date-regulated
WIVilasRice Lake (on G)PoorClosed for the season
WIVilasRound LakeGoodThis water is not date-regulated
WIVilasWest Plum LakePoorClosed for the season
WIVilasWisconsin RiverFairThis water is not date-regulated
WIWashburnDilly LakeGoodThis 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 LakeGoodThis water is not date-regulated
WIWashburnRice Lake (Limited public access, lake will not be posted at the site.)AverageOpened on 2017-09-03
WIWashburnSpring Lake (Minong Township)PoorClosed for the season
WIWashburnTranus LakeGoodOpening on Sun 2017-09-03; closed Mon; open Tues 2017-09-05
WIWashburnTrego FlowagePoorThis 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!