Wildlife Viewing Areas
 Search the U.S.
Find an AnimalFind a Viewing AreaPlan a TripAboutContact


Purchase the New York wildlife viewing guide

NY DEC Watchable Wildlife

Outdoor Discovery

Mount Morris Dam
Description: Mount Morris Dam and Recreation Area is a major flood control project and public park located on the Genesee River near the Village of Mount Morris in Livingston County, New York. The dam is situated deep in the Genesee River Gorge at the northern end of Letchworth State Park and provides flood protection to downstream areas including Rochester. A 384 acre recreation area is associated with the dam and offers a variety of recreation opportunity to the visiting public.

Wildlife to Watch: Mount Morris Dam is located south of Rochester, NY in the beautiful Genesee River Gorge, considered the “Grand Canyon of the East” with a maximum height of 550 feet. Mount Morris Dam is a “dry bed” dam that does not hold a reservoir all year long, allowing for great wildlife viewing opportunities. The Mount Morris Dam area and the surrounding Letchworth State Park have been designated as an Important Bird Area. Visitors can often see a diversity of warblers and songbirds, shorebirds, waterfowl, and raptors among the woodland, field, and riparian habitats. The small impoundment area downstream of the dam offers ideal habitat for a wide diversity of reptiles, birds and mammals.

Special Tips: 

Other Activities: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers offers tours of the Mount Morris Dam (Typically April-October). Also open (Typically April-October) is the William B. Hoyt II Visitor Center detailing the history of the Mount Morris Dam and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Hiking abounds on the Finger Lakes Trail which crosses onto dam property and connects to over 900 miles of trail in New York State. The recreation area also offers playgrounds and picnic shelters for family occasions.

Ownership: US Army Corps of Engineers 
Size: 384 Acres 
Closest Town: Mount Morris, NY

RestroomsParkingHikingPicnic tablesBicycling

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Photos by Tom Wenzel USACE
Please use Map Link below

Driving Directions:
From Interstate 390, south of Rochester and Interstate 90, take Exit 7 (Rt. 408 South/Mount Morris Exit). Continue on Route 408 South through the Village of Mount Morris towards Nunda. The Mount Morris Dam and Recreation Area is 2.5 miles out of Mount Morris on the right. Turn right onto Visitor Center Road. Visitor Center Road dead-ends at the Visitor Center for the dam.

Map Link

Mount Morris Dam : Wildlife Viewing Area