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New York
Finger Lakes Region
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
MONTEZUMA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
MONTEZUMA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
3395 Route 5/20 East
Seneca Falls, New York   13148 9778

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Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge lies at the north end of Cayuga Lake, in the heart of the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. Located between Syracuse and Rochester, in Seneca and Wayne Counties, Montezuma serves as a major resting area for waterfowl and other waterbirds on their journeys to and from nesting areas in northeastern and east-central Canada.

Fall peaks of Canada geese reach over 60,000 birds; in spring this number has exceeded 100,000. Spring migration peaks of snow geese have recently exceeded 100,000 birds. Late fall use by mallards has exceeded 100,000 birds. Use by American black ducks in the fall often reaches 25,000.

Bald eagles have resided on the refuge since 1986, first producing offspring in 1987. Several pair of osprey also nest on the refuge. There are established nesting colonies of black terns, black-crowned night-herons, and great blue herons. Dewatered refuge impoundments provide significant foraging habitat for shorebirds during the late summer and fall.

Currently, the refuge consists of more than 8,000 acres as efforts to restore and preserve the marsh continue with the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. This project involves the Service, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, conservation organizations, corporations, and private landowners, all working together to restore and enhance wetland habitats and the populations of wetland-dependant wildlife on 36,050 acres of the former Montezuma Marsh. The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is part of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, an international agreement between the United States, Canada, and Mexico that seeks to restore, conserve, and enhance wetland habitats and waterfowl populations throughout North America. The National Audubon Society recognized the Montezuma Wetlands Complex as its first Important Bird Area in New York, as well as a Globally Important Bird Area.
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Nearby Accommodations
Hotel Clarence Divine Restaurant - Seneca Falls, NYHotels/Motels
The newly restored Hotel Clarence builds upon its rich history of social importance in the Finger Lakes Region with a unique and fresh feel. This modern boutique hotel and its exceptional restaurant have again become a vibrant social center and premier destination for guests.
5.4 miles from park*
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Hotel Clarence Divine Restaurant - Seneca Falls, NYFine Dining
The newly restored Hotel Clarence builds upon its rich history of social importance in the Finger Lakes Region with a unique and fresh feel. This modern boutique hotel and its exceptional restaurant have again become a vibrant social center and premier destination for guests.
5.4 miles from park*


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March 20 the best place to go by Joe14
Amazing... we loved the eagles. Everything is so beautiful!!!!!
April 21 One of my favorite parks by Edward Lewis
I am approaching 60 and have been birding at Montazuma since I was a small child. I go several times a year at different seasons. Sometimes see alot sometimes not so much but it makes for a wonderful day.


Area Campgrounds

Twin Oaks Campground & Marina
542 Firelane 14 Route 90
Cayuga, NY
315-889-5189


Hejamada Campground & RV Park
748 McDonald Road
Montezuma, NY
877-678-0647


Cheerful Valley Campground
1412 Route 14
Phelps, NY
315-781-1222


Junius Ponds Campground
1475 West Townline Road
Phelps, NY
315-781-5120


Area Fishing Related Businesses
Barry's Bait & Tackle
818 Waterloo Geneva Rd
Waterloo, NY
(315) 539-5341


Fish Gutz
173 State St
Auburn, NY
(315) 282-0648


Marriage Hunting Fishing: Aurelius Town Clerk
1241 W Genesee Street Rd
Auburn, NY
(315) 255-1894


Bass Pro Shops
1579 Clark Street Rd
Auburn, NY
(315) 258-2700


Marriage Hunting Fishing: Cayuga Village Clerk
6205 Railroad St
Cayuga, NY
(315) 252-1707


Area Cabins and Lodges
Holiday Inn Waterloo
2468 State Route 414
Waterloo, NY
(315) 539-8355


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Holiday Hill Campground - Springwater, NYCampgrounds
Holiday Hill Campground, located just 40 miles south of Rochester, in the western Finger Lakes Region of NY, has what youve been looking for. At Holiday Hill you can enjoy great camping and also visit nearby attractions such as Widmer Winery and other attractions nearby.
Web Site: holidayhillcampground.com/
48 miles from park*
Sned-Acres Family Campground - Ovid, NYCampgrounds
Sned-Acres Family Campground is located on Rt 89 in the heart of the Finger Lakes Region. Surrounded by wine country overlooking Cayuga Lake. You will find peaceful and quiet surroundings always kept clean and neat. Whether you are here for overnight, the week, or the season you will feel right at home.
Web Site: sned-acres.com/
19.2 miles from park*
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Driving Directions The refuge entrance is located on NY 5 & US 20 between Seneca Falls and Auburn and is just minutes from Exit 41 on the New York State Thruway.

From exit 41, turn right onto NY 414.

At the first stop light, turn left onto NY 318 and follow for approximately 5 miles to the end of NY 318.

Turn left onto NY 5 & US 20 and follow for 1.25 miles.

Turn left into the refuge entrance.

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