Updated (10/6) In-person visiting at MCF-Moose Lake is scheduled to reopen on Saturday, October 16. All visits must be scheduled in advance.
MCF-Willow River/Moose Lake, can house roughly 1,000 men at the medium security facility off of Highway 73 in Moose Lake and another 180 minimum security individuals 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 incarcerated individuals 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 by appointment only.
Visits may be scheduled over the phone with visiting staff by calling 218-485-5170 during the following hours: Thursday - Sunday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Due to staffing, voicemails left with the intent of requesting a visit will not be returned. You can also schedule with the Online Scheduling Option: https://login.nowaitinside.com/#/booking/abCnXv8eRh6zRKRfyKNEudQY (won't open in Internet Explorer - use another browser)
All Moose Lake visitors must mail their applications to MCF-Rush City 7600 525th Street, Rush City, MN 55069.
Visiting Hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Review schedule by living unit posted below.
Visits must be scheduled no less than 24 hours in advance
You must complete your scheduled visit prior to scheduling another visit (cannot schedule more than one visit at a time)
• COVID Safe Visiting will be limited to a total of 4 visitors.
• All visits will be 1 hour in length.
• All visits will need to be prescheduled
• Visitors are encouraged to arrive up to 30 minutes prior to the start of their visit to ensure adequate processing time.
• Visitors and inncarcerated people will not be allowed to have physical contact at any time.
• Social distancing will be followed at all times.
• Visitors will need to wear a mask at all times.
• No photos will be taken
Hours of Visiting:
Saturday - Sunday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Review posted schedule for living units.
Monday - Friday
Holidays (see below)
Restrictive housing population
Those 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.
Below schedule begins July 3.
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 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