Located within the Elm Creek Watershed, Rice Lake is located in Maple Grove in Hennepin County in Minnesota. The lake is surrounded by I-94 on the west side, County Road 30 on the north side, and is west of Elm Creek Blvd. The lake is fed by Elm Creek, which flows north from Hamel, MN through the Elm Creek Park Reserve and eventually into the Mississippi River in Champlain, MN. At 330 acres, it is the 10th largest lake in Hennepin County in a watershed over 100 square miles.
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Who are we?
The Rice Lake Area Association (RLAA) is a non-profit organization with a mission to improve and maintain the quality of water and habitat on Rice Lake and the immediate surrounding area.
Number of visitors since April 18, 2010
Recent and Past Activities
January 29, 2017 - Open water and potentially hazardous ice conditions continue to exist
Mostly on Elm Creek and under bridges where salting/sanding has occurred. There is open water under the County Road 30 bridge on Elm Creek as of today. Please use extreme caution if out on the ice!
January 2, 2017 - More open water on Elm Creek near County Road 30 bridge
Just another reminder that there is more open water on Elm Creek south of the County Road 30 bridge.
December 29, 2016 - Some open water under County Road 30 bridge on Elm Creek
Just a reminder that although ice is in on most of the lake/creek, there may still be some open water or unsafe ice conditions. A case in point is beneath the County Road 30 bridge over Elm Creek. There is actually some open water beneath the bridge, created by plowing and road salt from the road surface above.
December 8, 2016 - Ice In officially on lake
But be careful until the ice is thick enough for weight/traffic!
October 16, 2016 - Navigation Buoys
The 3 navigation buoys and 1 island marker buoy have been removed from the lake and creek for the season. The slalom ski course buoys have also been removed from the lake for the season.
June 26 2016 Stonehenge Island Buoy
The buoy marking the island in the NW corner of the lake has been replaced with a new anchor as of today. Remember to use caution when navigating in this area.
June 24 2016 Stonehenge Island Buoy
The buoy marking the island in the NW corner of the lake has broken free and will be reattached soon. Remember to use caution when navigating in this area.
May 19 2016 Lake Conditions update
During the past week, the algae level has picked up ahead of normal season expectations. Similar algae blooms are being seen on other lakes as well. There is also a recent partial fish kill which seems to be impacting only bullheads (yeah!) and nothing else at this time. The reason for that partial fish kill of bullheads only is unknown, but may be disease related (click here for details on possible Columnaris disease).
Rice Lake Slalom Ski Course
The slalom ski course has been approved by the City of Maple Grove and the necessary permit has been granted to the applicant. The course will be located in the same vicinity as the past several years (along the MnDOT peninsula at least 200' off shore).