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Visitor Activities

Intern helping kids fish at the refuge - USFWS.

The refuge visitor center opens each year on April 1st, weather permitting, and closes for the winter on December 1st.

  • Hunting

    Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge holds annual waterfowl and white-tailed deer hunts. In addition, there is also a youth and universally accessible blind available for use on the refuge. To learn more, please visit:

    - Waterfowl Hunting
    - White-tailed Deer Hunting

  • Fishing and Boating

    Although fishing and boating are prohibited in refuge pools, the refuge maintains a fishing pier (meets ADA standards) at May's Point, off NYS Route 89N, as well as a boat landing/seasonal dock along the NYS Barge Canal, just north of the US Route 20 bridge located east of the refuge entrance road. A NYS DEC boat launch is located on US Route 20, opposite the refuge entrance road. All NY state regulations apply when fishing and boating.

  • Environmental Education

    National wildlife refuges serve many purposes, and one of our most important roles is as outdoor classrooms to teach about wildlife and natural resources. Many refuges offer environmental education programs for a variety of audiences. Refuges provide unique and exciting outdoor environments – excellent locations for hands-on learning activities. Thousands of youth and adult groups visit every year to learn about a specific topic on wildlife, habitat, or ecological processes.

    Is your school, youth, environmental or other group interested in learning more about the wildlife, plants, habitats and ecology of a particular national wildlife refuge? Contact or visit Montezuma refuge to check on program availability and reservation policies. Refuges are wild places, and we want to teach you more about them!

  • Photography

    Perhaps the fastest growing activity on national wildlife refuges in the past ten years has been wildlife photography. That's not surprising – the digital camera population explosion and cell phones with ever-improving picture-taking abilities are increasing the number of nature photographers at a rapid rate. You don't need to purchase expensive equipment or have any experience to get started. A small camera or basic cell phone will do just fine for most visitors.

    Nearly 12 million people visit outdoor areas each year to photograph wildlife, and national wildlife refuges naturally are at the top of the list. Refuges provide enhanced opportunities to photograph wildlife in natural habitats by providing platforms, brochures, interpreters, viewing areas, and tour routes. Wildlife photography is a high-priority activity in the Refuge System. We welcome beginning and expert photographers alike to record their outdoor adventures on film, memory card or internal hard drive!

Last Updated: Feb 07, 2014
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