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About the Refuge

Sunrise over Knox Marsh - Doug Racine/USFWS.

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge was established on September 12, 1938 as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife.

  

Montezuma National Wildlife refuge provides resting, feeding, and nesting habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds. Montezuma is situated in the middle of one of the most active flight lanes in the Atlantic Flyway. The refuge is located at the north end of Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. The refuge contains 9,809 acres and is situated in Seneca, Wayne, and Cayuga Counties. The refuge is 35 miles (56 km) west of Syracuse, 40 miles (64 km) north of Ithaca, and 45 miles (72 km) east of Rochester.

Special Designations

  • Audubon Important Bird Area
  • Flagship project of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act as part of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex
  • A major destination along the New York State-designated Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway

Contact Information and Directions

The Visitor Center, entrance to the Wildlife Drive and Seneca Trail, and the refuge’s headquarters office are located at 3395 U.S. Route 20 East, Seneca Falls, NY, 13148, between Auburn and Seneca Falls, NY.

From the New York State Thruway (Interstate 90), take exit 41. Turn right (south) onto NY-414 and follow approximately 200 yards to the traffic light. Turn left (east) at the light onto NY-318 and follow for approximately 5 miles to the end, where NY-318 meets NY-5/US-20 and NY-89. Turn left (east) onto NY-5/US-20 and follow for 1.25 miles. Turn left into the refuge entrance.

Call 315-568-5987 or email Andrea_VanBeusichem@fws.gov for information.

Page Photo Credits — Sunrise over Knox Marsh - Doug Racine/USFWS.
Last Updated: Feb 10, 2014
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