Howland Island

Victory, New York 14522

Howland Island

Howland Island Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Along the northern edge of the Finger Lakes is a vast network of wildlife refuges primarily made up of the 7,068-acre federal Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (described below) and the 7,700-acre staterun Northern Montezuma Wildlife Management Area, which is further subdivided into the South Butler, Savannah, and Howland Island Units. Encompassing 3,100 acres, Howland Island is not exactly how you would picture an island, but indeed it is surrounded by the Seneca River on the east, north, and west, while the “new” Erie Canal forms its southern boundary. But the image of an island is somewhat misleading, as most of the time it seems that there is more water on the island than surrounding it. Most of the area is marshland, with roughly 300 acres of man-made ponds/ impoundments that provide habitat for more than 220 bird species, 108 of which are considered local breeders. e trail system is a network of access roads that circle and weave through the numerous ponds and wetlands."

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Take a Hike! Family Walks in New York's Finger Lakes Region (Footprint Press)
Rich & Sue Freeman
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"Waters of the Seneca River and the Erie (Barge) Canal surround the 3,100 acres of Howland Island. The land was first settled and cleared for farming in the 1800s. Farming continued until the 1920s. The land was purchased as a game refuge in 1932 and became a Civilian Conservation Corps (C.C.C.) camp between 1933 and 1941. The C.C.C. built 18 earthen dikes to create about 300 acres of water impoundments. The rolling hills and steep drumlins above these impoundments are now home to a second growth mixture of hardwoods such as maple, ash, willow, basswood, black locust, oak, and hickory. The trails are abandoned gravel roads and old service vehicle tracks, now sufficiently overgrown to make pleasant hiking trails. Surface: Dirt, gravel, and grass trails." Read more
"With its wide trails, alternating meadows and shady woodlands, and a network of ponds that attract thousands of migrating waterfowl, Howland Island is a wilderness paradise." Read more

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Lots of horseflies and bugs! Also use the alternate parking if you bring a dog the bridge is very unsafe for a dogs feet(metal grate is too large) we had to carry our dog across so he would not be injured.

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2–3 hours

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Dec 2018