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Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area

 

Notice: The Tour Road that runs through the interior part of Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area is subject to be closed at sensitive times throughout the spring, summer, and fall. By closing the tour road, we can better protect and facilitate important biological movements and migrations that happen throughout the year. At this time, Chapel Road is open to foot traffic only. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Self-Guided Driving Tour (Open from March 1 to September 15 annually - weather permitting)
Waterfowl Migration Update
Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities at Middle Creek
Goose Blind Application
Limited Archery Deer Hunt, Fall 2017
Middle Creek Waterfowl Blind Locations (PDF)
Middle Creek History        
Middle Creek Initiative
Middle Creek Signs

 

Visitors Center Hours of Operations and Closing

The Visitors Center is closed Mondays and from Thanksgiving through January 31. Its hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m. The facility is handicapped accessible and has public restrooms and ample parking. Vending machines with drinks and snacks also are found in the Visitors Center.

There is always someone on duty at the Visitors Center to answer your questions about Middle Creek and to help with medical emergencies. Usually located behind the counter, this individual also will receive information about individuals who are breaking the law at Middle Creek. To report lawbreakers immediately, call the Visitors Center directly at 717-733-1512. If the Visitors Center is closed or the line is busy, report lawbreakers to the Southeast Region Office at 610-926-3136 or 610-926-3137.

 

Maps and Trails

Middle Creek Conservation Trail (PDF)
Middle Creek Hiking Trails Map (PDF)
Middle Creek Management Area Map (PDF)

 

Programs & Activities

Self-directed Curriculum for Educators (K-12)

Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area holds an annual Wildlife Art Show every August and celebrates National Hunting and Fishing day in September.

National Hunting and Fishing Day:
September 24 – 11 A.M. – 5 P.M.

Instructional demos (schedule of times below):

Pennsylvania Game Commission K-9 Unit; Sky and handler Dave Allen; 1 p.m.
Waterfowl Banding; 11:30 a.m.
Trapping 101; 11:30 and 3 p.m.
Birding with Binoculars; 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Live Birds of Prey by Red Creek Wildlife Center; 12:15 and 3:45 p.m.
Sporting Dog Dog Demo; 12:15, 3:00 and 4:30 p.m.
Outdoorsman, cooking enthusiast, and host of The Food Channel show, Game On! Prep to plate in 30 minutes, Shawn Bailey, will be conducting a wild game cooking demonstration featuring Canada Geese; 2 p.m.
Fly Casting; 3:45 p.m.

Interactive Stations (running all day):

Learn To Fish – Fish and Boat Commission
LiveShot Station – Pennsylvania Game Commission
Muzzleloader Station – Stan Newcomber
Archery Station – Pennsylvania Game Commission
Fly Tying – Sky Blue Outfitters
Waterfowl Calling – Delta Waterfowl
Promoting Pollinators, garden walk through – Pennsylvania Game Commission
Wildlife Education – Cabelas Outfitter

Other Displays (running all day):

Ask the biologist / Wildlife Careers – John Morgan & Dan Mummert, Pennsylvania Game Commission
Wildlife Capture Techniques – Pennsylvania Game Commission
Wildlife Habitat Management at Middle Creek – Pennsylvania Game Commission
Lancaster County Conservation District
Operation Game Thief Trailer – Pennsylvania Game Commission
Conservation Officers of Pennsylvania
Isaak Walton League
PA Trappers Association
Decoy Carving
Water Quality Management – Penn State University Extension
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Ducks Unlimited
USDA Wildlife Services
National Wild Turkey Federation
Lebanon County Federation of Sportsman’s Clubs
Penn State Extension
Lion’s Club
Hunters Sharing the Harvest
And more . . .

Middle Creek is owned and operated by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and paid for primarily with hunting license dollars.

Wildflower Checklist (PDF)
Bird Checklist (PDF)

 

Middle Creek Directions

Pennsylvania Game Commission
Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area
P.O. Box 110
Kleinfeltersville, PA 17039
phone (717) 733-1512
View on Map

From Pennsylvania Turnpike Exit 286: Take Route 272 North for three miles, and at the traffic light, turn left on Route 897. Follow Route 897 North for about 14 miles into the village of Kleinfeltersville. In Kleinfeltersville make the first left after the stop sign (Hopeland Road). The Visitors Center will be on the right about 2 miles down Hopeland Road.

From Pennsylvania Turnpike Exit 266: Take Route 72 North (about 4-5 Miles to Route 419 North. Follow Route 419 North for approximately 7 miles to Route 897 in Shaefferstown. follow Route 897 South for about 2 miles to Kleinfeltersville. Turn right a Hopeland Road in Kleinfeltersville. The Visitors Center will be on the right about 2 miles down Hopeland Road.

For GPS navigation, the street address for the Middle Creek Visitors Center is: 100 Museum Road, Stevens PA 17578.