Visitor Activities

Intern helping kids fish at the refuge - USFWS.

The refuge visitor center opens each year in mid-March, weather permitting, and closes for the winter on December 1st.  Hours are 10 am to 3 pm on weekdays/4 pm on weekends.  The visitor center may be periodically closed during this time due to a lack of volunteers and staff. Please contact to learn more about volunteering!

The Wildlife Drive opens each year on April 1, weather-permitting, and is closed for the season on December 1st. The Wildlife Drive, walking trails, and observation areas are open from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.  Dog-walking is only allowed on the Seneca Trail and dogs must be on a leash, under the owner's control.

  • Hunting

    Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge provides several opportunities for you to enjoy hunting.  New York State regulations for each season apply. To learn about refuge-specific regulations, please visit:

    -Waterfowl Hunting NOTE: Sandhill Crane Unit & Kipp Island are closed until further notice due to lack of water

    -September Canada Goose Hunting

    -Snow Goose Hunting

    -White-Tailed Deer Hunting  

    -Turkey Hunting

    -Small Game - Rabbit and Squirrel

    -Code of Federal Regulations, Hunting

  • Fishing and Boating

    Although fishing and boating are prohibited in refuge pools, the refuge maintains a fishing area (meets ADA standards) at May's Point, off NYS Route 89N. A NYS DEC boat launch is located on US Route 20, opposite the refuge entrance road.   The refuge also maintains 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 (boat landing only/no launching or fishing from this dock). 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!