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Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

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3395 Route 5/20 East, Seneca Falls, NY 13148
+1 315-568-5987
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Great Place to Walk and See Waterfowl

Despite the extreme heat today, our walk around was very nice. The welcome/nature center is new... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2016
Rochester, New York
Beautiful and free

It is about a mile drive. They have walking trails but it was too hot and then it poured rain. I... read more

Reviewed 13 August 2016
Joyce S
Englewood, Colorado
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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.
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good31%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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3395 Route 5/20 East, Seneca Falls, NY 13148
+1 315-568-5987
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Reviewed 28 August 2016

Despite the extreme heat today, our walk around was very nice. The welcome/nature center is new and interesting offering a webcam of an Osprey nest with fledglings. The walking trail was very natural and quiet which also offered access by boat with a floating dock...More

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Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

It is about a mile drive. They have walking trails but it was too hot and then it poured rain. I think this would be great in the spring. We saw a lot of ducks and geese, sandpipers, a few cranes and 1 swan. It...More

Thank Joyce S
Reviewed 12 August 2016

On the way to start of wine trail from Seneca Falls. Small but very informative visitor center. Short drive through the wildlife refuge

Thank LennyBK
Reviewed 11 August 2016

A beautiful place, where you can either walk or do a driving tour. Because much of the refuge is level, it provides easy walks with children. Many egrets and herons, some hawks too. Volunteers in the visitor center were very helpful. A garter snake crossed...More

Thank rscodel
Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

Enjoyable ride through the refuge. Lots of beautiful wild flowers along the roadside in spite of drought conditions. Some birds to view. Quiet and peaceful, and a perfect spot to stop and relax!! Love visiting there!!

Thank Linda M
Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

One of the best birding spots in the country. Wildlife drive is no effort, with a few places to stop along the way. Trails for the more adventurous through various sections of the reserve. Bring binoculars!

Thank cararro
Reviewed 5 August 2016

I visited at dusk in early July. We drove the three mile loop road. Canadian geese families kept coming out of the bushes to observe us. There were several family groups consisting of mom, dad, and several babies. Against the backdrop of the marsh, it...More

1  Thank Amy A
Reviewed 5 August 2016

Stopped in on a motorcycle trip, the folks in the pavilion where friendly and extremely knowledgeable, this is a place every family should visit, somewhat of a very peaceful natural setting, visit early or very late in the day, we spotted a beautiful Blue Heron15...More

Thank Gibber67
Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

At the visitors center a very knowledgeable, friendly ranger answered our questions and made suggestions regarding seeing the refuge. She suggested that we might want to walk the nature trail. As we did we saw some cute shore birds in the creek bed. This refuge...More

Thank uffels
Reviewed 2 July 2016

We had hoped to have a chance to stop at the preserve but ran out of time. We were disappointed, but then still got to see a bit of it as we drove through it. We saw several nests on top of the telephone wires...More

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30 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
26 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
Cindy D
2 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