DVIDS – News – Mount Morris Dam and Recreation Area welcomes visitors for 2022 season


The William B. Hoyt II Visitor Center at Mount Morris Dam and Recreation Area opens to the public on Sunday, May 1 for its 2022 season. This year marks the return of tours inside the dam after a two-year hiatus, the first full season of online tour bookings and 70 years since the completion of the dam construction.

Located on the Genesee River next 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. air in its day-use park.

“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, commanding officer of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to resume public tours inside the dam this season so that 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, standing 245 feet high and spanning 1,028 feet, with the capacity to store nearly 302,000 acre-feet of water in the tank behind him. Marking 70 years of service this year, the dam is still an active project maintained and operated by the USACE Buffalo District and has provided approximately $3.9 billion in flood protection to the community.

Visitors can join USACE Ranger-led walking tours to see some of the workings of the dam and enjoy unique perspectives from inside Letchworth Canyon.

“Our tours provide a rare opportunity to step into an ongoing flood risk management project of such historic significance,” said Mount Morris Dam and Recreation Area Manager Steve Winslow. “It’s an immersive experience.”

Visitors can now view schedules and book 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 captivating 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 flora and fauna; access to hike, bike, or run the Finger Lakes Trail; picnic areas and a playground.

For both novice and experienced birders, the recreation area and surrounding Letchworth State Park is one of more than 2,800 National Audubon Society Important Bird Areas around 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 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with tours offered May 1 through October 25, 2022.

All activities at the dam and recreation area are offered free of charge, although a non-refundable service fee of $1 per ticket is charged by Recreation.gov for using the online reservation system. Visitors can sign up for in-person walking tours at the Visitor Center, but availability is not 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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The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Buffalo District provides world-class engineering solutions to the Great Lakes region, the military, and the nation to ensure national security, environmental sustainability, resource management water and emergency aid in times of peace and war.

Date taken: 26.04.2022
Date posted: 26.04.2022 11:10
Story ID: 419316

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