Nestled in the beautiful landscape of Upstate New York State lies a sanctuary for wildlife and nature lovers alike, the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge.

This expansive refuge, located just outside of Rochester, is the largest wildlife habitat in New York, offering an unparalleled experience for visitors. Its well-maintained trails and diverse range of classes make it a destination for both education and outdoor recreation.

A Refuge for Wildlife and People

The Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge is strategically located in the migratory path of numerous bird species, including swans and geese, making it a birdwatcher's paradise. Throughout the year, the refuge opens its doors to a variety of activities. Whether you’re drawn to hunting, fishing, canoeing, hiking, cross-country skiing, or snowshoeing, this backdrop offers a variety of opportunities to connect with nature.

Dive Into Nature at the Visitor Center

The adventure begins at the onsite visitor center, where guests are welcomed by the spectacular sight of birds in flight and the intriguing footprints of animals and humans alike. The exhibits showcase the diverse ecosystems found within the refuge, from upland forests and forested wetlands to marshes. Through interactive stations, visitors have the unique opportunity to operate a camera fixed on a habitat within the refuge, allowing them to scan the marsh and discover wildlife from a safe distance.

Accessibility and Activities

The Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge is not only a haven for animals but is also designed to be accessible to all visitors. The trails and facilities ensure that everyone can enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the refuge, regardless of physical ability. With free admission, though donations are accepted, the refuge encourages visitors from all walks of life to explore its serene landscapes and engage in its many recreational activities.

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A Year-Round Destination

Open all year, the refuge transforms with the seasons, offering a fresh perspective and new activities whether you visit in the bloom of spring, the warmth of summer, the colors of fall, or the quiet of winter. Each season brings its unique beauty and array of wildlife, making every visit a new adventure.

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