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Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

#3 of 13 things to do in Seneca Falls Features Animals
3395 Route 5/20 East, Seneca Falls, NY 13148
+1 315-568-5987
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Migratory bird sanctuary

Peaceful, wet lands sanctuary. A haven for the migrations of thousands of birds. Near charming... read more

Reviewed 12 November 2015
BurtSue H
Jamesville, New York
Excellent birding and hiking!

I am a huge fan of our National Wildlife Refuge system and Montezuma did not disappoint. There are... read more

Reviewed 14 October 2015
Donald S
Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA
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3395 Route 5/20 East, Seneca Falls, NY 13148
+1 315-568-5987
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Reviewed 12 November 2015

Peaceful, wet lands sanctuary. A haven for the migrations of thousands of birds. Near charming & historic Seneca Falls.

Thank BurtSue H
Reviewed 14 October 2015

I am a huge fan of our National Wildlife Refuge system and Montezuma did not disappoint. There are some excellent birding spots and an informative visitor's center, drive through the refuge, stop along the way and get out for hikes along well marked trails.

1  Thank Donald S
Reviewed 12 October 2015 via mobile

Decided to drive through the refuge on a cold rainy afternoon but was worth it. Plenty of wild fowl on all the waters. They are doing some construction to improve the area but you could still see plenty. Nice way to see some wildlife on...More

1  Thank sconrad1961
Reviewed 7 October 2015

We took a walk on trail and the drive thru the refuge. It is great to see nature up close. Having the canal to walk by was a bonus. When the new area is finished on the driving tour, I'm sure it will be a...More

Thank Loisann21
Reviewed 6 October 2015

Ten of us biked through this on our trip on the Erie Canal Trail. Reclaimed wetlands. Alternatively provided wetlands. We saw swan, bald eagles, small birds, and many diverse plants.

Thank sab97206
Reviewed 24 September 2015

Great way to spend time looking at wildlife habitat. Store is full of information and welcoming to the public. More sign-age to let the public know what they are looking at would be helpful. It's nice but definitely could easily get a 5 star rating...More

Thank LSKS57
Reviewed 22 September 2015

This is one of the few wildlife refuges that you can take your dogs with you. There are several short trails and a three mile drive that you can check out the area, which when we were there had a number of cranes, herons and...More

Thank kimcht
Reviewed 17 September 2015

We were in the Finger Lakes area for a wedding and decided to explore the refuge....what a peaceful and pleasant visit!...we saw many geese, Eagles, cormorants, swallows, herons, and numerous birds we couldn't identify. It was disconcerting to see a highway off in the distance,...More

Thank Momfitz1
Reviewed 12 September 2015

This was the main goal of our trip to Seneca Falls. Unfortunately, this was the year (1 out of 4-5) that they were draining the main pond (to simulate a drought and allow various plants to seed) so the viewing was limited. At the Visitor's...More

Thank brodger
Reviewed 2 September 2015 via mobile

We were driving through upstate ny on a road trip so we camped at a near by campground. On our way to a winery we saw the signs and stopped here. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of birds we saw almost immediately! You...More

1  Thank olivia o
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Cindy D
Is it Beaver Huts i see ehen im on the Thruway? If not, what are they all?
3 January 2017|
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Response from wbrewer177 | Reviewed this property |
Hi there - Those mounds in the refuge you see are made from cattails made by muskrats. They live in them in the winter having access to them from under the ice when the refuge freezes. There are hundreds of them throughout... More
Jerri S
Hours open?
8 July 2016|
Response from joann81 | Reviewed this property |
Refuge Headquarters Office – 8:00AM-4:30PM, weekdays Visitor Center/The Lodge Nature Store – Mid-March through November (weekends only in November) – 10:00AM-3:00PM, weekdays; 10:00AM-4:00PM, weekends (call ahead to be sure... More
Marion S
You mention walking trails. How extensive are the walking trails?
14 September 2015|
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Response from OldeBlueHen | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately, we did not hike on any of the trails. You would certainly hike on the access road without any difficulties other than there is no shade. There were several trails we did pass while driving though the... More