Freezeout Lake -- Snow Goose Migration

Freezeout Lake Wildlife Management Area is located in Teton County in north central Montana 40 miles west of Great Falls along US Highway 89 between Fairfield and Choteau - Access the area from US Highway 89, or Frontage Road from Fairfield, to various turnouts and parking areas year-round. (Lat 47.659, Lng -112.038)

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. In Spring, the snow geese head for Alberta and central Saskatchewan in Canada. There they mass with hundreds of thousands of other snow geese from Texas and other Gulf Coast States. In a series of shorter flights, the geese then make their way to nesting grounds on the wind swept, extreme northwest Arctic coast of Canada. The Snow Geese usually reach Freezeout in early March, where they rest up from a nearly 1,000 mile flight from California. Best viewing of the birds is from sunrise to 10:00am and from 4:30pm until sunset.

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