Big Rice Lake

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Big Rice Lake is a large, shallow lake- 1870 acres, maximum depth 5 feet. For 2000 years and continuing today, wild rice has been harvested from the lake. The area offers a drive-in rustic campground with 3 campsites, duck hunting, a boat launch for small boats and some fishing.   

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed until further notice
Closest Towns: Virginia, MN
Water: Boil or filter water.
Restroom: Outhouse (Vault style) at boat
Operated By: USDA Forest Service
Information Center: Laurentian Ranger District, 218-453-8650 

General Information


Big Rice Lake is located 14 miles north of Virginia, MN.

  • From Virginia, take Highway 53 north for 8 miles to County Road 131.

  • Turn right on County Road 131 for 1 mile.

  • Turn left on County Road 68 for 0.3 mile.

  • Go straight on Pelton Road County 405 (County 405 becomes UT8116) for 2 miles.

  • Turn right on F.R. 256. This is a one-lane gravel road. Continue on for 6 miles.

  • Turn right on F.R. 247. One mile to Big Rice Lake.

General Notes:

 Boat launch suitable only for small fishing boats or canoes. 

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Game Bird/Waterfowl

Permit: See current Minnesota Department of Natural Resources rules and regulations.  

Water Activities

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