Spring Snake Viewing Season 2016
The 2016 spring snake viewing season is underway! Check back here to stay up to date with the spring emergence!
Stay up to date with the action at the snake dens by checking here regularly. See the updates on the right. Remember, weather matters! Check the weather for the Interlake region at this link: Weather for Gimli, Manitoba.
Snake Den FAQ's - for answers to some commonly asked questions about visiting the dens Click Here.
Media Info Package - Media outlets wishing to operate in the Narcisse Snake Dens should download the following: Narcisse Snake Dens Media Information.docx (1.2 Mb, Provided by Manitoba Conservation.)
Thinking of a trip to see the world famous red-sided garter snakes of Narcisse? It's about a one hour drive north from Winnipeg to the Narcisse Snake Dens. Sunny days are always best for snake viewing. There's a large gravel parking lot and the trails throughout the site are well-packed crushed limestone.
Washrooms are available, but primitive (outhouses / privies). Bring your own food and drink, or you can stop in one of the towns along the way to eat. Water from the pumps on site is not potable, but suitable for washing or cooling off tired feet. Bring sunscreen as there isn't much shade along the trails. Take our Virtual Tour (below) to see conditions and facilities at the site, to help you prepare for your visit.
There are restaurants in Teulon and Inwood, and general stores and gas stations in Teulon, Inwood, Narcisse and Poplarfield.
Manitoba Conservation has done a great job of making this site wheel chair accessible! (See the Virtual Tour below.)
The snakes return to the denning area from their summer feeding grounds in late August and September. If you can't get out in the spring, try making the trip in autumn. Snake numbers can be quite impressive on warm sunny days until the end of September.
If you rely on us for information about the Snake Dens please consider a donation to help keep this site on-line. Thanks!
For Google Earth users, here's a KML file of the locations of the Narcisse Snake Dens. (Right click and "Save as". )
You can get more info directly from Manitoba Conservation at their website: The Snakes of Narcisse.
(Thanks to Dave Roberts, Manitoba Conservation for the update information.)
For some great information on Manitoba's red-sided garter snakes and the Narcisse Snake Dens check out the U-Haul Super Graphics website.
Click the "Learn More" button at the U-Haul site.
And check out this National Geographic article: Amazing Video: Inside the World's Largest Gathering of Snakes
Take a Virtual Tour of the Snake Dens
Snake Den Videos
See what you're missing if you don't visit the Narcisse Snake Dens! We've added more snake videos. Watch our videos on our new dedicated Snake Videos Page.
April 25, 2016
With warmer weather finally arriving in southern Manitoba the snakes have started to emerge. Only a handful have been seen around the dens so far. Given how spring has progressed this year it is likely that the peak of emergence should occur around the middle of May.
April 15, 2016
Well, it shouldn't be long before things get started at the dens. No action yet though. The current forecast of rain then warm weather will help get things started. Warm rain percolating down into the dens helps warm things up faster.
March 31, 2016
It's still just the end of March, no sign of snakes at the dens yet. Most of the snow is gone now, so if temperatures warm up significantly the emergence may get going a little earlier this year.
March 15, 2016
The snow in southern Manitoba is going away fast, but the snakes won't show up for a while yet. However, their cousins, the Plains Garter Snakes, have been seen already down in the SW corner of Manitoba.
February 25, 2016
Of course there's no snake activity yet! But we may be in for an early spring, after a pretty mild winter, so check back in April for an update.
Check the updates above or check out our FAQs.
To see how things unfolded in previous years follow this link: Previous Years at the Dens.
Help out NatureNorth!
If you enjoyed this article, videos and our virtual tour of the snake dens, please consider making a donation to help us create more great articles. Thanks for your support!
Are you into reptiles and amphibians? Then check out NatureNorth's Herps Atlas Project.