Nick Vander Puy: Poling through the wild rice in northern Wisconsin

By Bart Vander Puy
Reserve, Wisconsin (IndianCountryTV)
 

For the past several years, during late August, Nick Vander Puy, his son Bart Vander Puy, and their friends have set up a rice camp in northern Wisconsin.

This year they  camped near Eagle River, Wisconsin in the Nicolet National Forest. We slept in tents, ate last year's wild rice and last spring's maple syrup, and caught some smallmouth bass to cook over the open fire.

At night we drank nettle tea, enjoyed smores, and told bear stories around the fire.

ricing_tools.jpgStarting the season in fine style, our camp gathered about a hundred and fifty pounds of rice.  We also visited with ricers from Lac du Flambeau and Mole Lake.

Nick Vander Puy describes the use of the push pole for propellng a canoe through the wild rice beds.

 

"These wild rice lakes are still the way the Creator intended." 

 

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