Current Refuge Status

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is following federal, state, and local public health authority guidance to implement a phased approach to increase public access to Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge. Based on this guidance and in accordance with the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the refuge is beginning to safely increase access.

As of July 9, 2021, access to the refuge is as follows:

  • Iroquois NWR Visitor Center has limited openings, contact the office at 585-948-7047 for open dates and hours. 
  • The refuge trails and overlooks remain open from sunrise to sunset. Please stay on designated trails, overlooks, and Feeder Road. Please follow leave no trace and carry in/carry out guidelines to ensure the refuge stays clean and safe for the wildlife and other visitors. 
  • Hunting and fishing activities remain open in accordance with NY State and Refuge specific regulations. 
  • Iroquois Observation (IO) programming will start. All programs will require advanced registration.


  • All refuge special events have been postponed until further notice.

We are excited to welcome you back but do ask that you follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups; washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and most importantly, staying home if you feel sick. Staff are working to maintain clean, safe, and healthy facilities in accordance with federal, state, and local guidance. 

Please visit this site for updates. We look forward to seeing you soon!

CDC Guidance for Recreating in Outdoor Spaces

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Response to COVID19

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Office of Public Health and the US Public Health Service are closely monitoring the situation related to the outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19). In accordance with CDC guidance and other federal, state, and local health authorities, facilities managers in national wildlife refuges continue to do everything they can to maintain high standards related to the health and wellness of staff and visitors.