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Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

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Time To Get Closer To Nature...

I am an amateur photographer so a trip to Montezuma Wildlife Refuge is like a mini retreat. Just... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Rennae C
The hubby loves birds

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

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 August 17, 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 August 16, 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 August 7, 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 July 25, 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
Reviewed July 23, 2018

Great place to drive through and get some pictures....there are pull offs to stop along the way.....trails to take...we saw heron, eagles, black birds....cool place

Thank davidphelps12
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Been here several times. Great place to photograph birds, but timing is everything. Some days you don't see much of anything, other days there is an abundance of wildlife. Lots of blue heron, variety of cranes and osprey in the area. Eagles also in the...More

1  Thank cayray1
Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

This was one of the highlights of our trip to Seneca Falls! We arrived on Friday about 9:30am and were looking at maps and brochures in the outer lobby, since the visitor center didn’t open until 10. We noticed that there was a story time...More

1  Thank Lauren S
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Ann L
March 10, 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.
August 30, 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
June 26, 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