DVIDS – Information – Mount Morris Dam and Recreation Space Welcomes Guests for 2022 Season


The William B. Hoyt II Visitor Center at Mount Morris Dam and Recreation Area opens Sunday, May 1 for the 2022 visitor season. This year, Inside the Dam tours return after a two-year hiatus, the first full season of the Online tour reservations and back 70 years after the completion of the dam construction.

Located on the Genesee River adjacent to Letchworth State Park, the dam provides flood protection for downstream communities, including the city of Rochester, as well as a place to enjoy nature and outdoor recreation at its day park.

“The Mount Morris Dam and Recreation Area is a must-see for history buffs, engineers, historians, nature lovers, students and families,” said Lt. Col. Eli Adams, Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District. “We are excited to have the opportunity this season to resume public tours inside the dam so visitors can see up close how amazing it is and enjoy the natural beauty of our recreation area.”

Mount Morris is the largest concrete gravity dam east of the Mississippi River, at 245 feet high and 1,028 feet in span, with the ability to store nearly 302,000 acre-feet of water in the reservoir behind. The dam, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, is still an active project maintained and operated by the USACE Buffalo District and has provided the community with an estimated $3.9 billion in flood protection.

Visitors can take USACE Ranger-led hikes to see some of the dam’s interior workings and enjoy unique perspectives from Letchworth Canyon.

“Our tours offer a rare opportunity to step into a working flood risk management project, and one of such historical importance,” said Steve Winslow, Mount Morris Dam and Recreation Area Manager. “It’s an immersive experience.”

Visitors can now view schedules and reserve tickets online up to seven days in advance by visiting www.Recreation.gov and searching for “Mount Morris Dam Tours.”

Outside the dam, visitors can enjoy the Mount Morris Recreation Area with mesmerizing views of Letchworth Gorge – known as the “Grand Canyon of the East”.

The recreation area also includes: the William B. Hoyt II Visitor Center, where visitors can learn about the dam, the Army Corps of Engineers, and local plants and wildlife; Access to hike, bike, or run the Finger Lakes Trail; Picnic areas and a playground.

For birders new and experienced, the recreation area and surrounding Letchworth State Park is one of the National Audubon Society’s more than 2,800 Important Bird Areas of the World. Iconic birds such as the peregrine falcon and bald eagle can often be seen flying over the dam and recreation area.

The Visitor Center is located at 6103 Visitor Center Road, Mount Morris, NY 14510 and is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Guided tours are offered from May 1st to October 25th, 2022.

All dam and recreation area activities are offered free of charge, although Recreation.gov charges a non-refundable service fee of $1 per ticket for use of the online reservation system. Visitors can register for tours in person at the Visitor Center, but availability cannot be guaranteed. Online reservations are recommended.

Call (585) 659-4790 for more information or visit the Mount Morris Dam and Recreation Area website: https://www.lrb.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/Mount-Morris -Dam/.

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Date of recording: 04/26/2022
Release Date: 04/26/2022 11:10
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