Snow Geese

snow geese at middle creek 2017Every year between mid-February and mid-March, one of Pennsylvania’s most amazing natural phenomena occurs: the Middle Creek snow geese migration.

During this time, hundreds of thousands of these beautiful birds migrate through Pennsylvania and stop briefly at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area in northern Lancaster County. Along with them, are tens of thousands of tundra swans and Canadian geese.

When to Experience the Middle Creek Migration

Just this week, Middle Creek has had the highest number of snow geese this year – close to 100,000!   The best time to see the Middle Creek Snow Geese in action is at sunrise and sunset.  At sunrise, the geese are leaving to feed in neighboring fields; and at sunset they are returning to the lake to roost. Other species of waterfowl including tundra swans, Canada geese, and many duck species including: American Black Duck, Mallard, American Wigeon, Ring-necked Duck, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, and Wood Ducks.  You can keep up to date with the numbers of snow geese, as well as tundra swans and Canadian geese by checking out the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Day Tripping

Middle Creek is roughly a 30 minute drive from Carriage Corner along beautiful, twisty farm roads.  Once you reach the Wildlife Management area – it’s filled with walking trails so you can find the best place to view this amazing natural phenomena.  If you prefer to see the sunrise flight we’re happy to pack you a ‘to go’ breakfast (we’re currently working on Waffle BLTs – yumm!) which generally contains a hot sandwich of some sort, some fruit, a bottle of water and the hot beverage of your choice.  Also know that we keep to-go coffee cups on hand for our guest who need to leave early in the morning.  If you prefer to head out to Middle Creek a bit later in the day, we’re happy to source a sack lunch, so you don’t have to rush back and can still get something in your belly.

What to Expect

Lauren Ferreri has put together a great video on what you can expect when you visit the Middle Creek for the snow goose migration.

Planning Your Visit

Ready to see the snow geese?  Then check out all our rooms and through April 7, 2024 save 15% when you book a 3 night stay that includes a Saturday. When you book online, you’ll choose the Mud Sale rate and the price is already adjusted.