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Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

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Thrilling to see so many waterfowl.

After getting good advice from the Refuge Visitor Center we walked the nearby trail loop to enjoy... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Boston, Massachusetts
Wish I could visit more often!

Everyone shoud visit there at least once in their lifetime. There are so many unique opportunities... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Waterloo, New York
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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.
3395 Route 5/20 East, Seneca Falls, NY 13148
+1 315-568-5987
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Reviewed 4 days ago

After getting good advice from the Refuge Visitor Center we walked the nearby trail loop to enjoy the song bird habits and views of the river. During our drive around the wetlands it was a thrill to see such large numbers of species we don't...More

Thank RollCaster
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Everyone shoud visit there at least once in their lifetime. There are so many unique opportunities to see nature at its best. I have seen some of the most fascinating wildlife while visiting. American Bittern, Virginia Rail, all kinds of common ducks, Osprey with prey...More

Thank slippednfell
Reviewed 5 October 2018 via mobile

Montezuma Wildlife refuge is worth driving through. You never know what you might see. We saw eagles, geese, ducks and some other birds that we didn't recognize . We also saw several types of wildflowers. The drive through was relaxing and enjoyable and not overly...More

2  Thank katloyfriend
Reviewed 2 October 2018

This refuge is a wonderful place to watch migrating birds. It's important to understand that other than stopping at the main office and watching birds on their deck, as well as climbing the viewing tower, this is mostly a drive-through experience, very different than most...More

Thank ChangingWoman1
Reviewed 28 September 2018

We ignored the gem in our backyard. We got into birding in the South and now we have traveled to Montezuma. We are just learning about the various sites located in a fairly wide area. You can see a little or a lot depending on...More

Thank GrubBub
Reviewed 31 August 2018

I am an amateur photographer so a trip to Montezuma Wildlife Refuge is like a mini retreat. Just driving slowly and enjoying the flowers as well as the many varieties of birds. i have photographed eagles, egrets, blue heron, all kinds of ducks. I have...More

2  Thank Rennae C
Reviewed 30 August 2018 via mobile

So amazing! Be patient and wait for the birds is my best advice- plan lots of time but have your camera ready.

1  Thank MommaCHae
Reviewed 26 August 2018

This is the second trip to the Wildlife Refuge. Once last year a few weeks later than this trip and this trip in later August. Evenings had a plethora of birds but nothing like early morning. Evenings pretty much waterfowl but mornings held raptors including...More

1  Thank dbaizel
Reviewed 18 August 2018

You can hike, drive, bike, walk or just sit here to enjoy the outdoors. Sky, clouds, eagles, sunshine, birds or all kinds and even deer can be found in this refuge. Drive right through and stop at each overlook and wait to see what flies...More

Thank Julie T
Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

A federal Wildlife Refuge that is free and easily accessible. We saw lots of birds, deer, butterflies. Quite a few waterfowl. Most the young eagles and osprey had flown their nests so didn’t see many but we still saw a few peeking out of their...More

1  Thank WJRothman
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Ann L
11 March 2018|
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Response from Rosemary C | Reviewed this property |
I'm sorry I don't know. It might be listed on a website or in a AAA travel book which I no longer have in my possession.
31 August 2017|
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Response from Mike A | Reviewed this property |
There is no place to launch in the swamp. On Routes 5/20 across from the swamp is a boat ramp on the Seneca River which runs along side the swamp. It connects to Cayuga Lake to the south or Clyde River to the north. They are... More
Don W
27 June 2017|
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Response from Mike A | Reviewed this property |
Not really. They are impaved. The entrance to the visitor center is paved but after that it is gravel