Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick

Around the Refuge

Final Hunting & Fishing Plan Released

Hunting Lg

Hunting and fishing are two of the six public uses encouraged and facilitated on national wildlife refuges. In August, 2020, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a final hunting and fishing plan for the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. If you have trouble reading this PDF file, you have two options: 1) You can follow the instructions that pop up to get a free upgrade to Adobe Reader X; or 2) Right-click the link, and download a copy of the plan to your computer. You can then read the file using the existing Adobe software already on your computer.

Montezuma NWR FINAL Hunting & Fishing Plan 2020
What's Happening

Hours & Trail Openings/Closings

Fishing on the refuge - USFWS.

The Wildlife Drive is OPEN for the season!! Please visit responsibly... Walking and bicycling are permitted on the Summertime Bike & Hike section of the Wildlife Drive from May 23, 2020 - August 16, 2020. During this time the roadway is shared; please stay in your lane. Vehicles may not cross the barriers/cones onto the bicycle/pedestrian path. Dogs & other pets are NOT PERMITTED outside of vehicles along the Drive. Hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset. The Drive is ONE WAY. It ends on State Route 89. A left onto Rte 89 takes you back to US Route 20. A right onto Rte. 89 takes you to viewing areas and ultimately to the Montezuma Audubon Center. The Visitor Center (including the sun room) and Nature Store will remain closed until further notice. Walking trails and viewing areas are open from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset. Please do your part to keep your refuge clean and safe for the wildlife and for other visitors. Follow Leave No Trace and Carry in/Carry out practices as best as you can! Check out our Visitor Activities page to learn more!

Visitor Activities

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS