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Welcome to the Hawkins Point Visitors Center

Important update: The Hawkins Point Visitors Center will temporarily close until further notice starting Monday, August 30 due to the dynamic health & safety concerns of COVID-19. Outdoor recreation facilities on the project grounds will remain open. Please call us with any questions at 315-764-6679.

When it is safe to reopen we look forward to welcoming you with your health and safety as our top priorities. We will continue to post updates as they become available.

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


Schedule: Temporarily closing starting August 30 until further notice

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 welcoming you. 

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

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.

The Experience at Hawkins Point