On those waterways where they grow, the wild rice is starting to fill the rivers and lakes, making canoeing more difficult. The wild rice won't be ready for harvesting for another month. The Ojibwe tribal leaders will determine what rivers and lakes can be harvested, and when. In the U.S., real wild rice only grows in northern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin.
The white people tried to run the wild rice harvest, but they destroyed the wild rice beds with motorboats and other stupid stuff. So the state of Wisconsin wisely turned the running of the wild rice harvesting back over to the tribes. Julie and I got an $8 wild rice permit once and did it one summer - - real much fun.