Spring Snake Viewing Season 2016
The 2016 spring snake viewing season is over for another year. Check back here in September for the fall viewing season!
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 Map and FAQ's - for a map to the den site and 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.
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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.
May 20, 2016
Activity is declining markedly as the spring mating season winds down. Approximately 500 - 600 snakes can still be seen in Den 2 and Den 4, but this may last for only another week or so. In other words, the snake viewing season is just about over.
May 17, 2016
Snake activity is still going strong at Den 2 and Den 4, with about a thousand snakes at each den actively mating. With the warmer weather we are now experiencing, it is anticipated that mating will be completed in a week to a week and a half.
May 16, 2016
With the return of warm, sunny weather this week snake viewing should be good, however it is likely that the peak of emergence is nearly over and numbers will be declining shortly. This weekend will likely be the end of good snake viewing.
May 11, 2016
Weather conditions over the next five days will dampen snake activity and result in poor snake viewing conditions. It is anticipated that snake activity will resume on Monday, May 16th, when warmer temperatures and sunshine return.
May 9, 2016
The snake activity has reached its peak at Dens 2, 3 and 4. More activity is yet to come at Den 1. Good snake viewing should still be possible for another two weeks.
May 7, 2016
Things are still going strong at the dens, though this warm weather is accelerating the emergence. Mother's Day should be great snake viewing. By next weekend things could be slowing down.
April 29, 2016
The snake emergence is in full swing, with a few thousand snakes active at each den. It is anticipated that activity will continue to grow over the next 2 weeks. The current warm, sunny forecast for the coming week should make for good snake viewing!
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.
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