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Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

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Montezuma Wildlife refuge is worth driving through. You never know what you might see. We saw... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Unique and accessible

This refuge is a wonderful place to watch migrating birds. It's important to understand that other... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Rochester, 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 2 weeks ago 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

1  Thank katloyfriend
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 29 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 17 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 16 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
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

Wonderful place to hike and view wild life eagles and all kinds of water fowl. Well maintained and beautiful landscaping. Swamp and the Seneca river are breathtaking. I highly recommend going here to calm your mind and get some exercise

Thank Jimmy A
Reviewed 25 July 2018

Ive been to Montezuma many many times being local. The drive is always great. A variety of water birds, turtles etc. The special times of year for me are the migration seasons - mid late fall when thousands upon thousands of migratory birds go through...More

Thank hschler
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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