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"dam it..... Mount Morris Dam that is" Mount Morris Things to Do Tip by davecallahan

Mount Morris Things to Do: 2 reviews and 2 photos

  aerial view looking south from Letchworth side
by davecallahan

The Genesee River would flood many small towns in its spring run from the southern tier to Lake Ontario. To prevent the river from going on a rampage, a dam was built at Mount Morris, NY in the early 1950's at a cost of $25 million dollars. Billions of dollars have been saved in undamaged property down-stream from the dam in the last 55 years.

The dam is also a tourist sight. We have personnally been there several times in different seasons and the area takes on a different personality with each season. In the Spring, when the rains are filling the streams, the dam normally is more than half filled. In the Summer, when the southern streams are at their minimum, the only water in the dam is in the run-off sluices. In the fall, the tree colors at Mount Morris and across the river in Letchworth are spectacular. In the winter, geese and squirrels can be seen walking across the frozen river bed.

At the dam, you can walk out to the very edge of the wall rim, behind a protective fence and peer down into the chasm. (I usually hold one hand on the fence because the sight is a bit dizzying). A welcome cabin has been built at the dam site where you can see a model of the dam, a history of its construction and a video-tape about the floods and the Genesee river.
Periodically, boyscouts and special interest groups (like the Civil War Re-enactment groups) present events at the cabin.

See the web page for up-to-date information.

Address: 6103 Visitor Center Way, Mount Morris, NY
Directions: I-390 south to exit 7, then 5 miles south on route 408 or....
I-390 north to exit 6, then 7 miles northwest on route 36 and 2 miles south on route 408.
look for the Army Corps of Engineers signs

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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