Home to the Majestic Seneca White Deer
Deer Haven Park is located in the heart of the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. Nestled between the two largest of the Finger Lakes, it occupies a place formerly known as the Seneca Army Depot.
Built in 1941, the Seneca Army Depot covered over 10,000 acres of central Seneca County. It was commissioned by the US Department of Defense in response to the beginning of WWII and was originally dubbed the Seneca Ordnance Depot. The Depot was the US Army’s main East Coast munitions storage facility until it was decommissioned in 2000.
In 2003, the US Military turned the property back over to the Seneca County IDA. Soon after, the County developed about 3000 acres to include several businesses, government offices & institutions and industry. Later, in 2016 the newly established business entity, Deer Haven Park, LLC purchased the remaining 7,000 acres.
After more than 70 years of locked gates and secrecy, Deer Haven Park offers a glimpse into this mystical place. In addition to the unique and majestic Seneca white deer herd, it holds a mysteriously rich military history.
Join us on a tour and discover the Majesty and Mystery of Deer Haven Park!
Discover Deer Haven Park from the comfort of your own vehicle! Enjoy the vast wilderness and former military base with the Deer Haven Park Tour App as your guide.
You will learn the historic significance of the Seneca Army Depot, the Military's former NE munitions storage facility. You'll also see the original ammunition storage igloos and witness evidence of civilian farm life prior to 1940. Immerse yourself in the unique ecosystem and experience the amazing wildlife of the park. Finally, you will have a chance to see the majestic Seneca white deer or an American Bald Eagle in person!
Go "Beyond the Fence"
"Beyond the Fence" is a monthly column in The Finger Lakes Times that is centered around the property formerly known as the Seneca Army Depot, and now Deer Haven Park. Go "Beyond the Fence" now with freelance author Dee Calvasina!