Every 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.
Middle Creek is a short drive from Carriage Corner and the Wildlife Management area is filled with walking trails so you can find the best place to view this amazing natural phenomena. 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.
When to Experience the Middle Creek Migration
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 roose. Other species of waterfowl including tundra swans, Canada geese, and many species of ducks can be viewed throughout the day.
Middle Creek is about a 30 minute drive from Carriage Corner along beautiful, twisty farm roads. 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 and a piece of fruit. 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. Whether you are ‘into’ birds or not – the snow geese migration is an amazing event that everyone should experience at least once. Don’t forget that until the end of February, we have our “Winter Rates” in effect when you book a 2 night stay!