Other Recreational Opportunities

Other Rec Opportunities

"I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order."

~ John Burroughs

  • Boating

    Boat

    A unique way of enjoying the refuge is by exploring the primitive beauty of Oak Orchard Creek. Visitors can do this by canoe, kayak, or non-motorized boat. The creek is open to paddlers from Knowlesville Road to Route 63 and is approximately 5.5 miles one way (11 miles RT). We suggest launching from Knowlesville Road, but you are also able to launch at Sour Springs Road and Route 63 (be careful for passing traffic). This waterway is not groomed regularly, so expect variable water levels and obstructions including beaver dams and downed trees as you travel through the wooded swamp.

  • Biking

    Biking

    Biking is a great form of exercise and a fun way to visit a refuge. Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge is a pedal friendly refuge and allows biking on Feeder Road Trail. Electric bicycles (e-bikes) are permitted, whereas gas powered bikes are prohibited. Bikes are not allowed on adjacent dikes. Please stay on the trail.

    Feeder Road is a 3.5 mile one-way, multi-use trail that is open to hiking and biking year round and vehicle traffic on the south half of the trail from October through February. Look for waterfowl, bald eagles, and muskrat while cruising through the refuge.  

  • Skiing and Snowshoeing

    Winter Activities

    Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are permitted, conditions allowing, on Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge. Mohawk Ski trail is the primary means to ski on the refuge. It is a relatively flat 7.5 mile loop through the grasslands, forests and along the dikes surrounding Mohawk Pool. The trail begins at the Visitor Center on Casey Road. Trails are not groomed regularly by staff and obstructions to the trails are to be expected. Portions of the trail run along Feeder Road and through HQ and Kanyoo Nature Trails to create the loop. Mohawk Ski Trail closes for the season on March 1st to minimize disturbances to nesting and resting wildlife.

    Alternatively, all the refuge trails are open for shorter snowshoe or skiing excursions.