Freezout Lake

Choteau, Montana 59422

Freezout Lake

Freezout Lake Professional Review and Guide

"Freezout Lake (including Priest Lake) is one of the best birding areas in Montana. The lake is included in a 12,000-acre wildlife management area operated by the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. This large, prairie wetland just north of Fairfield is a key stopover for large numbers of migrant birds that travel along the East Front of the Rocky Mountains. Migratory and breeding waterfowl and gulls are especially numerous here due to the expanse of open water and the proximity to extensive grain fields.

Freezout Lake and Priest Lake are natural sumps where water would accumulate from runoff. The lakes would dry up during drought years, leaving exposed alkali flats. But since the development of the Greenfield Irrigation Project, water has been diverted from mountain drainages leaving water at Freezout year-round. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, and helpful general information."

Freezout Lake Reviews

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I am new to Montana and an avid bird watcher, this was well worth the drive from Helena. I am originally from New England, so there were a lot of different birds that I had never seen before, the white pelicans, yellow-headed black birds, and different types of sea gulls . I went mid June so not as spectacular as the fall I have heard, but still worth my time. There were no other people around so I was able to stop and sit anytime I wanted to. If you go remember mosquito repellent, they swarm all around you.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Several options
Trail Type
2 to 8 hours
Year-round; best in spring; March through November
Best Times
Freezout Lake Wildlife Management Area; Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks
Local Contacts
Montana Highway Map
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018