Update: (October 27) In-person visiting has been suspended until further notice.
MCF-Willow River/Moose Lake, houses over 1,000 male inmates at a medium security prison off of Highway 73 in Moose Lake and another 180 minimum security inmates at the Challenge Incarceration Program (CIP) facility in Willow River. MCF-Moose Lake is the former Moose Lake Regional Treatment Center. Conversion to a correctional facility began in 1988.
Job Opportunities for Incarcerated Persons:
MINNCOR Industries operates a textile/garment plant which produces the clothing for all inmates in the DOC system. MINNCOR also operates a state-of-the-art print shop which produces products for state government and subcontracts with private companies. Both of these, and other manufacturing job opportunities provide excellent training for post-release employment.
Employment opportunities also exist in maintenance, educational tutoring, clerks, and food services.
Incarcerated persons who do not have a high school diploma or GED are placed in educational classes first, to achieve this important step in their progress toward release, prior to being offered any other vocational or employment opportunities.
In addition, vocational education is offered in Carpentry, telecommunications, computer literacy and technology; as well post-secondary educational opportunities.
MCF-WR/ML firmly believes those who are incarcerated can benefit from the programming opportunities made available to them. Some of these programs are mandated, and some are optional. This is based on the individual assessment of each incarcerated person. As a result of program participation, not only does the individual benefit; but so does society as a whole.
• Chemical Dependency Treatment
• Restorative Justice Group
• Building Character Group
• Thinking for a Change
• Parenting Classes
• Transitions (Planning for Release)
• Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop
• Workplace and Human Relations Classes (“soft” job skills)
• Library and Recreational Activities
Visiting - Moose Lake
Visits are now by appointment only. Visits must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance over the phone with visiting staff by calling 218-485-5170 during the following hours: Thursday - Sunday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. You must schedule your visit with staff via telephone. Due to staffing, voicemails left with the intent of requesting a visit will not be allowed. When you arrive for a visit please park and call 218-485-5226 to check in and receive further directions. Extended visits are currently suspended until further notice.
Due to a major remodeling and renovation project this fall, Visiting will be closed on Thursdays and Fridays beginning Thursday, September 17th until further notice. Additional time slots have been added on Saturdays and Sundays in an attempt to mitigate the effects of closing during the week.
All Moose Lake visitors must mail their applications to MCF-Rush City 7600 525th Street, Rush City, MN 55069.
Hours of Visiting:
Thursday - Sunday (Current)
Saturday - Sunday (Starting September 17, 2020)
8:20 a.m. to 4:55 p.m. (Registration desk will close daily at 11:45 a.m. and will reopen at 1 p.m. It closes for the day at 3:45 p.m.)
Monday - Wednesday (Current)
Monday - Friday (Starting September 17, 2020)
Holidays (see below)
Restrictive housing population
Inmates in Restrictive housing may have visits on Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. via teleconference television, by appointment only.
To make an appointment, you must call 218-485-5170 at least 24 hours in advance, Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a Sunday visit.
Visiting Staff Contact: 218-485-5170
Directions: Interstate 35 to Moose Lake exit. Go left (west) on Hwy. 73 about 1 mile to the main entrance on right. Watch for signs.
Visiting Regulations: Please read the Inmate Visiting Information prior to visits.
There is no visiting on the following State recognized holidays:
- New Year's Day
- President's Day
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- Memorial Day
- July 4 (Independence Day)
- Labor Day
- Veterans Day
- Thanksgiving and the following Friday
- Christmas Day