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

    -September Canada Goose Hunting

    -Snow Goose Hunting

    -White-Tailed Deer Hunting

    -Fall Turkey Hunting

    -Youth Turkey Hunting - We will allow scouting for the YOUTH turkey hunt from April 13 & 14, 2019, sunrise to sunset each day.  You must pick up a scouting permit from the Route 89 Hunter Check Station, carry it with you as you scout, and fill it out & return it at the end of your scouting day.  You may only scout in designated youth turkey hunting areas outlined on the youth turkey hunting map.

  • 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 (Boat landing only. No launching or fishing). 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!