Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

"One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, 'What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?'" 

~ Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

  • Before You Come

    Please check out the different visitor activities that are available to the public prior to coming. You must understand the rules and regulations prior to participating in these activities.

    We suggest bringing bug repellent and plenty of drinking water. We ask you to remember that the refuge is “carry in, carry out”, so please do not leave anything behind. Please stay on the trails and in designated areas. 

    To enhance your wildlife observation experience, binoculars and guidebooks are available for loan at the Visitor Center. Please feel free to stop by during regular hours to sign them out.

  • Location

    From the New York State Thruway (I-90) take exit 48-A (Pembroke/Medina). Go north on Route 77 for approximately 8 miles. At the 4-way stop light in the town of Alabama, continue straight for one more mile to Casey Road. Turn left on Casey Road. The Visitor Center and administration office are one mile west. 

    When using a GPS unit or Google Maps Navigation app to guide you to the Visitor Center please ensure you are being directed to the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge Admin Building. Ensure the pin is actually on Casey Road and not in the middle of the refuge or some other road.

    See our interactive map to find the best route to the refuge for you.

  • Hours

    Visitor Center and Administration hours: Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 4:00 pm, except holidays. 

    Hours are subject to staff availability.

    When possible, the Visitor Center may open on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm in the spring. We recommend calling ahead for weekend openings.

    Refuge grounds are open for use by the public from sunrise to sunset year round. Between March 1 and September 30, the majority of the refuge is designated a wildlife sanctuary with restricted access. This period gives wildlife the chance to breed and raise their young without human disturbance. During this period, visitors must stick to the trails and overlooks. 

  • Fees

    A pass is not required to access the refuge. Please ensure you know the rules and regulations before visiting. Permits may be required for particular activities, such as hunting.

  • Contact Us

    Mailing Address:

    Iroquois NWR
    1101 Casey Road
    Basom, NY 14013

    Phone: (585) 948-5445

    Email: iroquois@fws.gov 

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