- Paddle South and East, up the Isabella River
- Paddle West, down the Isabella River
F-4, One, Two, Three, Four, Bald Eagle, Insula Lakes
19, Isabella Lake
- DNR Lake No. 380465
- Lake Map No. N/A
- Lake Table No. 6A
- MDH Fish Consumption Advisory - N/A
- MPCA Water Quality - N/A
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Rice is an oval shaped lake, ¾
mile north/south and ½ mile wide, on a bend of the Isabella River
22½ miles southeast of Ely, 3 miles northwest of Forest Center.
Rice is surrounded by low boggy ground and supports extensive stands of
wild rice (Zizania aquatica).
A small stream entering from the east drains Flapper, Pelt, and Fallen
Arch lakes into Rice, which is connected by shallow, wild rice choked
channel to the Isabella River. A mile and a quarter downstream on
the Isabella is the mouth of Diana Creek
The forests to the south and east of Rice date from fires of 1864, intermixed
with somewhat older stands of 1824 origin. To the north and west
of Rice is the large expanse of forest sprung up on the north side of
the Isabella River after the big 1854 blaze. The Independence Day
windstorms of 1999 did no significant damage in the Rice Lake area.
Rice supports but two established campsites,
one on the western shore of the lake and the other on a nearby island.
Rice offers an overnight stopover spot
on the Isabella River route as well as an opportunity to explore the small
streams, bogs, and remote lakes to the east.
The shallows of Rice and the nearby Isabella
are prime moose habitat.
Notes and Comments
With the wild rice fields of the lake and
the adjacent Isabella River, Rice is one of the most aptly named lakes in
Last updated on
11 April, 2004