Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge

Photographer: Jennifer Cummings
Photographer: Jennifer Cummings

Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge consists of 10,818 acres of diversified wetlands of which over 4000 acres are pools and marshes. The refuge draws the most attention during the Spring and Fall migration of waterfowl. Peaks of migration from mid-March through early April can average 40,000 to 80,000 Canada geese and over 4,000 ducks as well as many species of shore birds and songbirds.

The refuge visitor center is open weekdays, and weekends during peak migration periods.

  • The refuge is a key link, serving the western portion of the Atlantic Flyway.
  • The refuge encompasses 10,828 acres which includes part of the ancient Oak Orchard Swamp.
  • Designated an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society. INWR Attracts 268 species of birds.
  • Four distinct habitats, forests, grasslands, emergent marsh and hardwood swamp, found within the Refuge also support 42 species of mammals, plus amphibians, reptiles and insects.
  • Numerous wildflowers can be seen throughout the refuge during spring, summer and fall along all the refuge nature trails and roadsides.