Rice Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage East, 75 rods, to Slim
  • Portage Southwest, 130 rods, to Hook


  • Fisher F-9, Cummings, Big Moose, Fourtown Lakes
  • McKenzie No. 16, Burntside Lake


  • DNR Lake No. 690180
  • Lake Map No. C0881
  • Lake Table No. 1
  • MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
  • MPCA Water Quality - N/A
Rice Lake
Scale 1:21420
Full image approximately 2 miles square


Rice is a small and shallow wild rice lake in the Burntside Lake basin of the Vermilion drainage, 29 miles southeast of Crane Lake and 10½ miles NNW of Ely. Tucked in between Hook and Slim, the rough oval of Rice covers 110 acres with a maximum depth of only 5', and a measured water clarity of 4½'. Off the east shore of Rice, a 75 rod portage trail runs along the northern bank of the small outlet stream, dropping 22' to the western shore of Slim. Opposite, on the western end of Rice, a 130 rod carry gains 35' of elevation in a rolling, 100 rod ascent, then drops back some 23' into the north end of Hook.

The area around Rice was not significantly affected by the 4th of July windstorms of 1999.


Rice supports a single established campsite, on the eastern shore.

Planning Considerations

Rice is a link in the Big Lake/Burntside route, which crosses this region of the BWCAW border-to-border, from Big in the north, by way of Lapond, Big Rice, Hook, Rice, and Slim, to the North Arm of Burntside.

Rice is included in Beymer, The Boundary Waters Canoe Area, vol. 1, The Western Region, routes 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 21.


Rice supports populations of Blacknose Shiner (Notropis heterolepis), Hybrid Sunfish (Lepomis sp.), White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens).

Notes and Comments

Rice, often known as Little Rice to better distinguish it from nearby Big Rice, is aptly named as it is a natural Wild Rice (Zizania aquatica) lake.


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Last updated on 11 April, 2004