rice lake wisconsin

Rice Lake, Southern WI
May 24, 2014

from a 2013 post…

Pitchpine asked,”Any idea why it’s called Rice Lake? Is wild rice found or grown there?”

There are three “Rice Lakes” in Wisconsin. At least one of the larger ones to the north got its name from Native Americans, and wild rice can still be found in that region. The Ojibway in particular came to this region following prophecy which said they should travel to the place where the ‘food grows on the water.’ According to the Wisconsin historical Society, “The Menominee even took their name from the Indian word for wild rice, manomin, and were often referred to as the Wild Rice People by Europeans.”

My photos are of a much smaller lake in the southern part but one imagines it has a similar history.