Sokaogon Chippewa Community News

Wild Rice Update

By: Nathan Podany

2018 Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Flyover on August 18th.

In a year where April temperatures averaged just 32 degrees Fahrenheit, the Wild Rice growing season got off to a ‘cold’ start. However, lack of rainfall, combined with unseasonably warm summer weather, allowed the crop to make up for lost ground.

In Forest County, it looks to be one of the better seasons in the last decade. Little Rice Flowage, Hiles Millpond, Wabikon Lake and Big Lake Thoroughfare all have harvest-able rice within their perimeter. As you go west, higher than average water depths caused crop failures on many lakes.

The Sokaogon Chippewa’s Rice Lake will be open today. Thursday, August 30th. As always, make sure to harvest safely and respectfully.

For more information on opening dates, please visit Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission’s Manoomin Harvest Regulations.