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National Wildlife Refuge

1101 Casey Road
Basom, NY   14013 - 9730
E-mail: iroquois@fws.gov
Phone Number: 585-948-5445
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
The refuge hosts hundreds of school children each year through a partnership with Canisius College called Canisius Ambassadors for Conservation.

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Fishing is allowed during state seasons within designated areas. Obtain a map showing fishing areas from our web site or by mail from the refuge office. Species include black bass, crappie,bullhead, northern pike, carp and a variety of pan fish. Boating, by unmotorized boat, is permitted in Oak Orchard Creek only, between Knowlesville Road and Route 63.

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The refuge is open to hunting during most New York State seasons. Special regulations, permits and some fees apply. Obtain refuge regulations and maps from our website or by mail from the refuge office. The refuge holds special youth-only hunting days during the waterfowl and the spring turkey hunting seasons.

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A visitor contact station, located in the headquarters building, offers literature, displays, exhibits and interpretive programs about the refuge's mission. The 70-seat auditorium/multi-purpose room is equipped with an FM Alternative Listening System and television with caption decoder.

Educational programs are available to school and youth groups throughout the year. Programs include audio-visual programs and/or guided trail walks/activities. Teachers may also prepare curriculums and use the refuge as an outdoor classroom.

"Iroquois Observations", a partnership with the Buffalo Audubon Society, provides additional nature programs including workshops in bird identification, birding tours, pond studies, wildflower studies and a series of guest speakers throughout the spring.

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Wildlife Observation
The refuge maintains three nature trails and four overlooks, one of which has a wheelchair-accessible deck. A 3.5 mile section of the historic Feeder Road which passes through the refuge is open for walking and bicycles and a 7.5 mile cross-country ski trial encircles Mohawk Pool.

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The refuge headquarters/visitor contact station - open year-round, Monday - Friday; 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (except holidays), Saturday and Sunday from mid-March - May. Check for specific dates and times.

Outdoor facilities are open daily, sunrise to sunset (year-round). This includes nature trails, overlooks, fishing areas and hunting areas.

From March 1 through July 15 all areas of the refuge except nature trails, overlooks and designated fishing areas are closed to all public access to protect nesting wildlife.

Entrance Fees
No entrance fees are charged.

Use Fees
Waterfowl Hunting: Waterfowl permit fees are $10 on Saturdays and $5 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Golden Age Passport holders and Golden Access passport holders or Take Pride in America Access and Senior Pass holders are entitled to 1/2 price Use fees. Spring Turkey Hunting: There is a $5 non-refundable processing fee to participate in the random drawing for one of 50 permits issued for the spring season. Marsh trapping: $50 per season for Special Use Permit. Limit of 50 permits issued per year.
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