The 2022 season is here!
The 2022 Season is here and Deer Haven Park is excited to once again offer Auto Tours, which allows guests to drive their own vehicle through the park with our automated "Tour Guide" app telling the story of the historic Seneca Army Depot and guiding the way. We are also excited to bring back our Majesty & Mystery Bus Tours two evenings each week for a more personal and up-close encounter with the park. Visit us online to reserve your seat on our next Majesty and Mystery Bus Tour, or just stop by any Thursday, Friday, or Saturday afternoon to take the Auto Tour on your own and without reservations.
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.
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!
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!
Deer Haven Park Tours Available 3 Days a Week!
Deer Haven Park is now open every Thursday - Saturday afternoons until dusk, as we offer the Majesty and Mystery App-Guided driving tour. (visit the Auto Tour page for exact times)
This Auto Tour will take the 8 mile journey deep into the former Seneca Army Depot revealing some of the Mysteries of the former munitions storage base and offering a glimpse into the amazing habitat that is home to the world's largest herd of all white, white-tail deer.
Give the gift of History and Nature with a Deer Haven Park Gift Certificate!