About the Refuge
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge was established on September 12, 1938 as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. The 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 2,860 hectares (7,068 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.
Hours and Directions
The Refuge is open during daylight hours seven days a week.
The Visitor Center is open April 1 - November 30 (weekends only in November); on weekends 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Visitors should call 315-568-5987 to check staffing). A section of the Visitor Center containing maps and brochures is always open. The Visitor Center contains exhibits, leaflets and brochures, a film library, and restrooms. The upper deck is equipped with a telescope to enhance wildlife viewing.
The 3.5 mile Wildlife Drive opens in April and closes once ice and snow create hazardous travel conditions. Snow, ice and poor road conditions generally keep the road closed during the winter and early spring mon