We are pleased to announce that the Hawkins Point Visitors Center has reopened for tours. Schedule your tour today!

In addition, 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.

Hawkins Point Visitors Center has reopened for tours only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, by reservation only. Please 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. Previously announced events for 2020 remain cancelled. 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 are following the 'Reopening New York for Low-Risk Indoor Arts & Entertainment Guidelines for Employers and Employees' so interactive exhibits and enclosed theatres are not available at this time.

The "Voyages of Discovery of Jacques Cartier" map welcomes visitors:

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, dedication ceremony 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

1-315-764-6679

Hawkins Point Visitors Center: Opening by reservation only M, W, F

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.