Turning Off Niagara Falls?

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Niagara Falls the last time the water stopped, in 1969

They’re turning off the water at Niagara Falls? Is that true? Who, What, Where, When and How? You’ve probably read in your local paper or seen on CBS News that there is talk about de-watering Niagara Falls in the future. Well we asked the Public Affairs Manager at Niagara Falls State Park, Angela Berti, a few questions to help us understand what’s happening and when.

Here’s what she had to say:

Q: Hi Angela! So inquiring minds want to know, why are they going to “turn off” the Falls?

A: Hi Karen! Well the bridges that give visitor’s access to Niagara Falls State Park are over 100 years old and need to be replaced. They have been rehabilitated several times. Since 2004, there has been a metal truss bridge over the historic bridge to support it. It is visually unappealing and has a limited lifespan.

Q: Have they ever done this before?

A: Yes, in 1969 from June until November of that year. Given that was close to 50 years ago, this event will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most.

Q: Once-in-a-lifetime?!? When will this be happening so I can plan my trip?

A: A date has not been set but it would be no sooner than three years from now. It is more likely to be in 5 to 7 years. But don’t wait! We encourage you to plan your trip NOW to see Niagara Falls in all its glory and then plan a return trip to see the Falls de-watered so you have something to compare it to. Oh and don’t forget Niagara Falls in the winter is absolutely breathtaking so looks like that’s 3 upcoming trips for you!

Q: Do you think you’ll find anything cool when you turn the water off?

A: Probably a lot of stones, coins and cameras!

Q: Will my other favorite Niagara Falls attractions remain open during this time?

A: Water will still be flowing over the Horseshoe Falls so the Maid of the Mist would operate as usual. The Cave of the Winds would likely provide a very different experience so we have to decide what is best for visitors.

Q: How can I stay up to date on this?

A: We will keep our tourism partners up to date so continue to check out www.visitbuffaloniagara.com for more information or follow the Niagara Falls State Park Facebook page.