The Hawkins Point Visitors Center is temporarily closed until further notice

When our Hawkins Point Visitors Center reopens (at a future date to be determined) it will be for tours only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, by reservation only. You will be able to submit a ‘Schedule a Tour’ form to connect with us. We look forward to welcoming you with your health and safety as our top priorities. 

View our Hawkins Point Visitors FAQ for important information on the measures we’ve implemented to help protect your health and safety. Watch for a schedule of coming events, when it is safe to proceed, in 2021.

To maintain the health and safety of our visitors, we will follow the 'Reopening New York for Low-Risk Indoor Arts & Entertainment Guidelines for Employers and Employees' so interactive exhibits and enclosed theatres will not be available immediately when we reopen.

Did you know?

For the first time in 20 years the magnificent walnut wood carving map portraying the passage through the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the St. Lawrence River in the 16th century by the French Explorer Jacques Cartier is on display.

The "Voyages of Discovery of Jacques Cartier" map:

Walnut wood carving portrays the passage through the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the St. Lawrence River in the 16th century by the French Explorer Jacques Cartier

Power & Play: Enjoy the Power Generation Journey in a Dramatic Setting at the Hawkins Point Visitors Center

The Frank S. McCullough, Jr. Hawkins Point Visitors Center and Boat Launch at the St. Lawrence-FDR Project offers panoramic views of the Power Project and interactive exhibits that let you experience and understand hydropower and electricity. Family-friendly and admission-free, we look forward to our reopening.

Adjacent to Hawkins Point on Barnhart Island is Robert Moses State Park, which offers wooded campsites and cabins, a marina and boat launch, some of the best fishing in the Northeast, picnic areas, a swimming beach, tennis courts and the Nicandri Nature Center with its amazing indoor exhibits, beautiful outdoor trails and more.

Interested in outdoor recreation opportunities near the Hawkins Point Visitors Center?

You can make use of NYPA’s tremendous recreational resources, get active and experience New York’s history, culture, and natural beauty - all while staying close to home, staying safe, socially distant, and enjoying free outdoor fun. Explore our Recreation and Staycation webpage for more info.

Whether on NYPA lands or the surrounding area, the North Country has unique cultural attractions to enjoy, including the Historical Stockade Fort at the St. Lawrence Power and Equipment Museum. This exhibit is a tribute to St. Lawrence County residents who fought in the American Civil War. Visit their website for information about the exhibit and more.

Fort Tribute at the St. Lawrence Power & Equipment Museum

The St. Lawrence Power and Equipment Museum in the North Country has completed construction on this historical stockade fort with funding support from NYPA. The fort, located in Madrid, NY, includes a barracks, headquarters, and a parade ground with a flagpole as its center piece, acting as a working model to demonstrate Civil War garrison life. Located near the fort’s entrance is a memorial to the St. Lawrence County Medal of Honor recipients with an honor roll featuring the names of all those from the North Country who served during the Civil War, listed by regiment.

Hawkins Point Visitors Center 21 Hawkins Point Road. Massena, NY, 13662


Hawkins Point Visitors Center: Temporarily closed until further notice

The Experience at Hawkins Point

While the enormous hydro power plant outside generates power for millions, you can generate your own power with your legs on our cycle generator.
Invented in 1929, the Van de Graaff machine is still used to generate particle and x-ray beams in nuclear medicine and other applications. The one at Hawkins Point just makes your hair stand on end—which is a lot more fun.
The St. Lawrence is one of earth's great bodies of water. Our terrain exhibit charts its course from Ogdensburg to Massena.