Watchable Wildlife Manitoba

Narcisse Wildlife Management Area


Services

Availability

Drinking Water No
Restrooms Yes
Marked Trails Yes
Boardwalk No
Viewing Tower No
Picnic Shelter Yes
Camping No
Concession No
Visitor Centre No
Interpretive signs/Brochures Yes
Primitive Site Yes

Description

Narcisse is an amazing mass of slithering Red-sided Garter Snakes every spring. It is the largest concentration of snakes in the world! Narcisse has become an international attraction and research site for scientists studying snakes. The 11,880-hectare WMA protects habitat for the snakes and other willdife. You can visit Narcisse any time of year, but spring and fall are the best time to see the snakes.

Visit in early May when the snakes emerge from their dens on warm days and begin their mating rituals. By mid-June, most of the snakes have dispersed from the dens. At the end of August when the evenings cool, the snakes return to the dens. As the temperatures drop, the snakes move down into the dark caverns for winter.

Don’t Miss

There are five dens around the trail and each den has interpretive signs. Some dens will be more active than others.

Habitats

  • Aspen-oak parkland

Site Specialties

  • Red-sided Garter Snakes
  • Sharp-tailed Grouse
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • Cape May Warbler
  • Connecticut Warbler
  • Orange-crowned Warbler

Directions

From Highway 7, turn west on Highway 17 at Teulon. Look for the Narcisse Snake Dens sign on Highway 17; the snake dens are about 30 kilometres north of the village of Inwood. Turn east at the sign to the parking lot. Near the parking lot there are interpretive signs, washrooms, picnic area and the start of the 3 kilometre trail around the dens.

Cautionary Notes

Garter Snakes are not venomous but they will bite if harassed. It is illegal to harass or remove any snakes. Dogs must be kept on a leash.

Admission

No entrance fee

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