Hidden Gem: Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge in New York

Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge. © 2009 USFWSThe Onondaga Trail, named for one of the five original tribes of the Iroquois Federation, is an easily walked 1.2 miles.

1101 Casey Rd., Basom, New York

One of the best-kept secrets of Western New York, this wildlife refuge is a nature lover’s delight. Part of what the locals call the “Alabama Swamps,” these 10,828 acres of wetlands, grasslands, and shrublands, are teeming with wildlife in all seasons.

More than 268 species of birds, including waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds, and birds of prey, plus mammals, fish, reptiles, and amphibians can be found here. The refuge’s wetlands host more than 100,000 Canada geese and 20,000 ducks and swans annually, many en route to and from nesting grounds in Canada.

Three trails, four overlooks, and a section of the historic Feeder Road that passes through the refuge offer unique opportunities for wildlife observation, nature photography, and renewing your spiritual connection to the world of nature. Free nature programs are scheduled in spring and fall.

Designated trails, overlooks, and fishing areas open year-round. Headquarters open daily except holidays; closed weekends in winter and summer.


(585) 948-5445

Did you know
The land that became the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge in 1958 was purchased with funds raised entirely by the sale of Federal Duck Stamps.

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