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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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Better than expected

I have lived here for many years and drove by countless times before I finally decided to stop and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Auburn, New York
Pretty refuge

We were in the area and decided to visit. We started out at the visitor center where you can see... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2017
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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.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good30%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“bald eagles” (16 reviews)
“bird watching” (11 reviews)
“visitor center” (24 reviews)
3395 Route 5/20 East, Seneca Falls, NY 13148
+1 315-568-5987
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have lived here for many years and drove by countless times before I finally decided to stop and visit this refuge. It was such a treat and I only wish that I had stopped long ago! There are trails to walk, as well as...More

Thank AuburnFoodFan
Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

We were in the area and decided to visit. We started out at the visitor center where you can see what birds are currently in the area (and stuffed examples of many birds) and got a map, then took a nice walk thru the marsh...More

1  Thank eldoradogirl
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

I found their Visitor Center has really need exhibit of all kinds of birds, hawks, Eagles, owls, and other Critters that nature lovers, bird enthusiasts, students, and children alike would really enjoy.

Thank Susan M
Reviewed 4 October 2017

If you really are interested in nature, then this is the place to visit. As you travel along the New York State Thruway it's very hard to miss the gigantic rendition of the bald eagle that sits by the edge of the highway. It stands...More

Thank M9130QVrichardd
Reviewed 1 October 2017

Montezuma NWR is a 9,000+ acre site, located somewhat northeast of Seneca Falls. You can see a lot from two observation towers, on foot, and by car. The Visitor Center, with lots of exhibits, is well worth being your first stop. From here, it is...More

Thank urbanguy
Reviewed 1 October 2017

As members of the Nature Conservancy, we noted this place and made it made of our plan to tour wineries. It was the best of the trip and Free! There's a reception area with displays and explanations of what you might see in the area....More

Thank Rosemary C
Reviewed 14 September 2017

If you are interested in photography this is a great place to go for Birds in Flight photography. Would highly recommend.

1  Thank edd6383
Reviewed 8 September 2017

This reserve is a great place to see some not so common birds of prey, including bald eagles. I recommend stopping in the visitor's centre to orientate yourself... they also have a sheet on how to tell if you are looking at a vulture, eagle,...More

Thank schmayla98
Reviewed 5 September 2017

Thank goodness there are still people who want to experience nature and that this spot is available. We arrived late afternoon and an employee was willing to share the eagle spotting, and give us tips on our drive through the terrain. Off we went with...More

Thank Bobbie7
Reviewed 28 August 2017

5 eagles and 7 osprey in addition to many many waterfowl. If you have the time to enjoy this, grab your binoculars and spend a couple hours. It's worth it.

Thank Margaret D
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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
Cindy D
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