Private Tours Available, as Auto Tours Wrap-Up
As the crisp mornings at Deer Haven Park turn to colder days, the deer and wildlife within the park will enjoy much quieter weekends as the 2020 Auto Tour season comes to a close.
Thank you to everyone who visited Deer Haven Park amidst the global pandemic. We will continue to monitor the situation and health guidelines throughout the winter in hope of operating our Bus Tours again in the spring of 2021. Until then, guests can experience Deer Haven Park during the off-season by booking a Private Bus Tour.
Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!
Give the gift of History and Nature this Christmas with a Deer Haven Park Gift Certificate!
The safety of every Deer Haven Park staff member and guest is our primary mission.
In accordance with local and state regulations, all guests and staff members of Deer Haven Park are required to wear a protective face covering while inside buildings and any time when safe social distancing cannot be maintained outdoors. Hand sanitizing stations are available in the Visitor Center and restroom facility.
Additionally, special tours that involve members of the public from more than one social group will require that all participants and staff successfully complete a pre-screening prior to taking the tour. The pre-screening shall be relative to recent travel, illness and/or exposure to COVID-19.
We sincerely appreciate your understanding during this global pandemic and look forward to a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone!
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!
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!
Thank you to everyone who came out for our 2020 "Explore Deer Haven Park" Wagon Tour. We have had a lot of positive feedback from guests who said they enjoyed the tour and found it informational and fun!
Even Mother Nature showed her support when she stopped the rain just minutes before the tour began, and then showed us the sun to escort us back to the Visitor Center.
We look forward to more Wagon Tours in 2021!