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Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 3395 Route 5/20 East, Seneca Falls, NY 13148
Phone Number: +1 315-568-5987
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Established in 1938 in the scenic Finger Lakes region of New York, the...

Established in 1938 in the scenic Finger Lakes region of New York, the refuge contains 7,068 acres for the resting, feeding and nesting habitat of waterfowl and other migratory birds.

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What a place to overnight!

We were on a week long canal boat rental and were able to dock at the refuge for the night. Be aware that the refuge closes at night, so you are not supposed to leave the boat... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Mike G
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Moline
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Moline
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82 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were on a week long canal boat rental and were able to dock at the refuge for the night. Be aware that the refuge closes at night, so you are not supposed to leave the boat after hours. A night in the refuge can be a bit spooky, but well worth it. There are an amazing number of different... More 

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Thank Mike G
Seneca Falls, New York
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I visist Montezuma weekly to view and photograph the various species of wildlife that can be found on the refuge during the year. You never know what you me see, from bald eagles, Canada geese and all kinds of waterfowl, shore birds, egrets, song birds, muskrats and more.

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Thank wbrewer177
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I would have given a 4 but we didn't see much of anything but geese. It would have been better to go at a different time of year maybe. The visitor center was very nice and informative. Kids would love to see all the stuffed birds and a really neat beaver.

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Thank CJTom
Rochester, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Had driven by here on the thruway many times and finally got the chance to visit. Great spot to spend a few hours on a Saturday. There are many great spots to see all the birds and other wildlife. The visitor center is very informative, and the volunteers are very happy to answer any questions. Took a nice mile walk... More 

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Sheringham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Our first visit to the area and we were not disappointed. We took advantage of the well marked trail and then did the drive. Highlight was our first ever sighting of a Bald Eagle, albeit an immature specimen,

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Thank AnnfromSheringham
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

My husband read about kayaking at the Montezuma Refuge. If there was, we didn't find it! As for birding- I can't comment. We didn't see anything that we don't see at home in Southwestern Ontario. (Mind you we just wanted to get in our boats- we weren't birding)

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Thank Gina H
Saratoga Springs, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Great photo ops, frendly staff with viewfinders where they would find unique birds and tell you about them. I went mid-day and early morning and the reflections made for wonderful pictures. Gravel road trip is a must do walking trail was best on the first half. They had some impressive flowers too. Best part was it's totally free!

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Thank MSVMSV
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

The refuge has a small visitors' centre with some nature displays, but the highlight is driving the refuge loop. It takes you beside the river and swamp where there are lots of birds to be seen, including bald eagles. The park person can provide a list of recent sightlngs.

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Knox, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

You don't want to pass up the opportunity to stop and spend a couple hours here. Beautiful views. There is a short flat hiking trail as well as a driving tour. Lots of birds to see. There are also cell phone information stops along the way to explain what you are seeing.

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Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Despite the extreme heat today, our walk around was very nice. The welcome/nature center is new and interesting offering a webcam of an Osprey nest with fledglings. The walking trail was very natural and quiet which also offered access by boat with a floating dock and cleats for boat tie-up. The observatory was nice, close to the parking lot and... More 

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