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Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

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Great Bird Watching Location

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to spot not only migratory birds in the Spring... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Lansdale, PA
Amazing for birders - whether serious or casual

I visited in November, so the walking trail was closed. however, the 3.7 mile drive around the... 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 6 days ago

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to spot not only migratory birds in the Spring and Fall but also Bald Eagles, Osprey, Purple Martins and others. I have also seen Sand Hill Cranes, Swans, Beaver and many other species there. The perimeter drive...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank JHPLansdale
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited in November, so the walking trail was closed. however, the 3.7 mile drive around the refuge was still amazing. So many waterfowl. The eagle statue is impressive.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks 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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank RollCaster
Reviewed 4 November 2018

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

Date of experience: July 2018
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

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank katloyfriend
Reviewed 3 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

Date of experience: August 2018
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

Date of experience: September 2018
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

Date of experience: April 2018
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.

Date of experience: August 2018
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

Date of experience: August 2018
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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