In order to protect the integrity of the refuge, there are certain rules and regulations that must be adhered to when visiting. There are multiple uses of the refuge. They include, but not limited to, activities such as hiking, bird watching, hunting, fishing and photography. Some activities may require permits.
There are many closed areas on the refuge. Please be aware of your location and obey all posted signs. As some areas are not posted, it is the visitors’ responsibility to know where they can and cannot go. You are visiting someone else’s home, so please remember:
Contact Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters: 315-568-5987
All open areas are available to the general public approximately Dawn until Dusk, unless specified otherwise.
For general regulations related to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Wildlife Refuge System, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.
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Today, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge boasts six active bald eagle nests. The infamous trio's nest can be viewed from Armitage Road, located off of NY State Route 89. The trio has nested on the refuge since 1987; the two males are from a reintroduction program conducted in the late 1970s.