Migratory Birds at Freezeout Lake

Tundra Swans at Freezout Lake Wildlife Management Area - (just East of the Rocky Mountain Front)

photo credit] Helen Sautter

The state of Montana has around 60 Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) scattered all across the state. These areas provide ample opportunity for outdoor recreation such as boating, fishing, horseback riding, bird watching, camping, hiking, hunting, wildlife viewing, outdoor and wildlife photography, and/or just enjoying the outdoors! Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks (FWP)  provides a fantastic online information center specifically for all the WMAs in the state of Montana. This site provides maps, directions, contact and accessibility information, a list of amenities provided, restrictions and closures, as well as an idea bank for things to do while visiting.

One of the WMAs we as a family love to travel to is Freezeout Lake (pictured above). During the annual fall migration, that climaxes between late October and early November, the lake fills to the brim with Tundra Swans, Snow Geese, and tons of others!!! It is a great place to observe and take pictures of the majestic birds. The visit makes for a fantastic day trip!

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