Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, New York entering sign

Montezuma complex entrance sign off Route 5 & 20

The Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge is a large, 7,000 acre protected wetlands located at the North end of Cayuga Lake, located five miles East of Seneca Falls and ten miles East of Auburn. Montezuma is traversed by the New York State Thruway, on both sides of which there is a fence to keep people/hunters out. Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge was established on September 12, 1938 as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. The refuge provides resting, feeding, and nesting habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds. Montezuma is situated in the middle of one of the most active flight lanes in the Atlantic Flyway. Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge is run by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and Ducks Unlimited.

The refuge can be viewed for several miles from the Thruway, but the better way to visit it is from Auburn Road; 3395 Routes 5 & 20 E.