Willow River/Moose Lake Correctional Facility

Moose Lake Correctional Facility Minnesota

Willow River/Moose Lake Correctional Facility

Physical Address:
Moose Lake Correctional Facility
1000 Lake Shore Drive
Moose Lake, Minnesota  55767

Administrator:  Bruce Reiser

Becky Dooley

Inmate Mailing Address:
Inmate Name, ID Number
Moose Lake Correctional Facility
1000 Lake Shore Drive
Moose Lake, Minnesota  55767

Moose Lake Correctional Facility Inmate Mail

Inmates may receive letters, Cards that do not contain any electronics or recording devices,  and photos (no polaroids are allowed).  Include the inmates name and ID number as the mailing address above shows.  Be sure you do not mark the envelope or letter in any way, lipstick, perfume, crayon art, stickers, drawings or markings of any kind will result in the correspondence being returned.  DO NOT SEND STAMPS.  Inmates may also receive New paperback books, magazines, newspapers or other printed matter mailed directly from Amazon.com: (Be sure to include the inmate name and ID number and send to the inmate mailing address above).

Sending Money to an inmate in Minnesota

Family and friends of an inmate may send money to an inmate in the form of a United States Postal Money order. The Money order Must be made payable to the offender with OID number and must include your first and last name and complete address, including city, state, and zip code.

Completed Money Order must be mailed to the following address:

    Offender name, OID number,
    MCF- (facility name where offender is housed)
    PO Box 1000
    Moose Lake, MN  55767

All information contained on the money order must be legible. Money orders showing signs of alteration will not be accepted.  Letters and other mailings sent to this address will be returned or discarded. 

Offenders are not allowed to receive money from another incarcerated offender's family, visitor, or anyone living at another offender's correspondent address.  Offenders from the same family may receive money from their immediate family members.

Send money to an inmate online using a bank account through Western Union Quick Collect.

You will need to use the quick collect and the following information to send money to an inmate through Western Union:

Pay to:  Minnesota Dept. Corrections
Code City: MNDOC
State: MN
Senders account number:  Offender OID# and last name
Attention Field: Offender's last and first name

Visiting an Inmate at Moose Lake Correctional Facility

The Minnesota department of correction encourages family and friends who have positive influences and serve as good role models to communicate and visit with an inmate. This can help the inmate reintegrate with society when they are released.

To fill out a visiting application click here.  For a visitation application in Spanish click here.

Visiting Hours are as follows:

General population

Thursday - Friday 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  (At 3:45 p.m. processing of visitors will stop until the count is clear.  Registration desk will close at 8:00 p.m.)
Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am. - 3:45 p.m.  (At 11:45 a.m. processing of visitors will stop until count is clear . Registration will close at 3:15 pm)
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday No Visiting
Holidays (see below) No Visiting

Segregation population

Segregation offenders may visit on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. via teleconference television, by appointment only.

To make an appointment you must call 218-485-5170 - at least 24 hours in advance Wednesdays through Fridays from 2:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

For more information on visitation or answers to any questions you may have read the Inmate Visitation section on the Minnesota Department of corrections website here or contact the visiting staff at 218-485-5170.

How to do an inmate search in Minnesota

Need to know how to find an inmate identification number for an offender in Minnesota? Click here to locate an inmate and access information relating to their conviction and release date.


Mailed in money order

I mailed a money order to my son in Moose Lake Correctional Facilty I addressed it as stated in the rules but did add Moose Lake  adter Mn. Corretional Facilty will he still recieve it?



   My husband was just transferred from the St.Cloud prison to Moose Lake. Do I have to fill out another visitor application or does the prior approval from the one I all ready filled out transfer along with him?  


Visitation between Christmas and New Years.


I have filled out the "Visiting Privilege Application Form", and will be turning it in shortly.  I'm wondering if there is a means by which I can fax or email the form, rather than mail it.  (It would be a scanned copy which includes my signature.)

In any case, I wonder how long it takes to process the application; if approved, I'm hoping to pay a visit to a friend in during regular visiting hours between Christmas and New years, and am simply hoping I'm not turning it in too late.

Thanks for any information you can provide!

Chad Choban

BPRichfield's picture

re: How long to process visitors application

Visiting applications can take anywhere from 2-7 weeks to process.  You must mail the form in, you cannot fax or e-mail it.  The processing time depends largely on what time of year it is, and this is the time of year when it takes the longest because everyone wants to visit during the holidays.  The reason it takes so long is because of the vast number of visitor applications and the fact that each one requires a background check by law enforcement.  The inmate will need to notify you if you have been approved or denied visitation privileges, so don't wait around to get a letter in the mail or anything, you need to ask the inmate either on the phone or through the mail.  Also if you do get approved expect the visitation rooms to be packed during Christmas/New Years week, and verify the hours with the institution before visiting, as the visiting hours often change.  And don't forget to let us know how your visit went and any other things that may be important to other people wanting to visit an inmate at this facility.

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