Seeing Snow Geese at Freezeout Lake

Snow Geese at Freezeout LakeSeeing Snow Geese at Freezeout Lake: One of the most exciting migration spectacles in the state can be witnessed at Freezeout Lake Wildlife Management Area northwest of Great Falls.  Hundreds of thousands of snow geese, tundra swans and other migratory waterfowl use the thawed water to prepare for their flights toward the Arctic coast of Canada. 

You can call 406-467-2646 to get updates on waterfowl and lake conditions.

According to visitmt, “Freezeout Lake is Montana’s primary snow goose staging area, a place where as many as 300,000 snow geese and 10,000 tundra swans gather and rest before flying onward.”

The Snow Geese usually reach the lake in early March. There they rest up from a nearly 1,000 mile flight from California. Best viewing of the birds is from sunrise to 10:00 a.m. and from 4:30 p.m. until sunset. Binoculars, telescopes, a light lunch, and possibly warm clothing will make your viewing more enjoyable.

Birds & Beasley’s has a fantastic collection of binoculars for your viewing pleasure! We carry a small selection of 8X and 10X optics at a good value. For example, Diamondback, Crossfire and other Vortex Binoculars. Special orders are also possible.

Call us at (406) 449-0904. Or visit us! We are open Monday-Saturday from 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Let’s talk about Seeing Snow Geese at Freezeout Lake!


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