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Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 1101 Casey Rd, Basom, NY 14013-9730
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The 11,000-acre refuge is located midway between Buffalo and Rochester in...

The 11,000-acre refuge is located midway between Buffalo and Rochester in western New York State.

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good birdwatching

Nice wildlife refuge probably put there because it was already very swampy and a good stop on the Canada Goose flyway. Used to be able to see lots of pheasants but not too many... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 November 2016
Frederick, Maryland
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Frederick, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Nice wildlife refuge probably put there because it was already very swampy and a good stop on the Canada Goose flyway. Used to be able to see lots of pheasants but not too many now. Lots of other birds and very peaceful. There are a few trails where you can walk out into the swampiness without getting wet that lead... More 

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Pittsburgh, PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

I was at this huge place on a Saturday afternoon. Was disappointed to see the main office closed but thankfully there were some decent maps and the trails are well marked. I took one of the most scenic trails, the Feeder Rd that crosses vertically from one end of the refuge to the other. I saw and heard lots of... More 

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Corfu, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

We took our 5 Year old to this little museum. She was very interested in pulling open drawers that held fur and information about animals that live there. She asked to go back, so I call that a great experience.

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East Rochester, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016 via mobile

Not a bad walk with some scenery. Main road has little to no traffic. There are a couple lakes and streams with good views. As far as for hiking... easy walk, did it with jogging stroller.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2015

Traveling east from Toronto to Utica in mid-October, Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge provided a perfect place to stop and stretch our legs. Parking at the head of Kanloo Trail, we walked along the dikes and into the woods on Feeder Road--about 1/2 hour out and back--and saw not only Canada geese but also ducks, turkeys, a great blue heron, bluejays,... More 

Thank Pleasance C
East Bethany, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2015

Just wonderful for a family walk. We take our toddler on the swallow hollow loop, and she loves it. It's about one mile and easy walking.

Thank Jerry G
Dover, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2015

Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge was named for the Iroquois League, the Native American union that resided in the Northeastern United States. The league was originally made up of five nations: Cayuga, Oneida, Mohawk, Seneca, and Onondaga. The Tuscarora entered the union in the 1800's. At the end of the last glacial period, Tonawanda, a huge lake, covered much of Western... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2015

It's not the easiest place to get to, but once you're there it's mostly just you and nature on a weekday. Hiked about 4 miles at two different locations and only ran into one other group. Great for birdwatching (even saw a couple of sandhill cranes along the Feeder Road Trail.) Just remember to bring bug spray, along with lunch... More 

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2015

The gentle beauty of the wet lands and seeing the geese was great. Peaceful and beautiful with plenty to see.

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Kendall, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2015

I have driven by this place hundreds of times but never took the time to stop. I finally took a day to check it out and was glad I did. I walked all the trails they have and enjoyed it very much. There was some wildlife to see especially birds. There are places where you can fish. The trails are... More 

Thank Marc G

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