|Photographing Dead Creek State Wildlife Management Area
Addison, Vermont, page 3
|View to the northeast from the goose viewing area.
Sometimes the geese will also use the field to the north of the goose viewing area, and after the sun has come up in the morning, you can
usually find a spot where the light is directly behind you if the geese are close enough to be photographed. While the field to the north is not
fenced, access is prohibited by signs. Route 17 can be a busy road with high speed traffic, and ditches line both sides, so use caution.
Rubber boots can be useful, as the native soil is a very fine clay that drains poorly, and the mud that it creates when wet can be messy.
As the day progresses from morning to midday, the geese seem to settle down into a regular pattern of feeding and bathing. Every so often the
entire flock will take to the air, circle, and return to the refuge. If the lighting is not satisfactory during midday, there is one spot to the south of
the refuge that may be provide better photographic opportunities. Gage Road is a public gravel road, from the goose viewing area take a
right on Route 17 heading east for about 1.5 miles until you come to the intersection with Route 22A (Just to your left is a general store with a
large selection of lunch items and beverages). Take a right onto Route 22A south for about 1 mile and you will see Gage Road on your right.
Go down it for about a mile and you will be at the south end of the main refuge field. There is some shoulder space to pull over and park
without obstructing traffic, but beware of roadside ditches.
For other bird species, if you leave the goose viewing area and turn left on Route 17 heading west, after about 1/2 mile there is a canoe launch
parking lot to your right and on your left is a gravel road that takes you along the marsh to an impoundment area. There are also gated gravel
roads that you can hike on. Access in some areas is limited by signs.