Nett Lake is a reservation community, with a population of just under 300 people, on the Bois Forts Reservation in northern Minnesota, south of International Falls, MN; and about 45 miles south of the Canadian border. The reservation is divided into three sectors, Nett Lake, Vermilion, and Deer Creek. The largest section is around Nett Lake located in St. Louis and Koochiching counties. 50% of the Nett Lake sector is wetland and is said to be the largest producer of wild rice in the United States.
The Nett Lake sector is home to the majority of the Bois Forte Band members and the Bands primary government offices. Bois Forte, or “strong wood”, was the French name given to the Indians living in the densest forest of what is now extreme northern Minnesota.