The New Croton Dam (also known as Cornell Dam) is a dam forming the New Croton Reservoir, both parts of the New York City water supply system. It stretches across the Croton River near Croton-on-Hudson, New York , about 22 miles (35 km) north of New York City.
In 1906 the New Croton Dam was completed, expanding the existing impoundment into the New Croton Reservoir, then the largest in the Croton Watershed, and thus one of the largest in the New York City water supply system to that point.
New Croton Reservoir. Located in Westchester County, stretching through the Towns of Cortlandt, Yorktown, Somers, Bedford and New Castle, approximately 22 miles from New York City. Formed by the damming of the Croton River, which then continues southwest and drains into the Hudson River.
As early as 1880 the Aqueduct Commission had started acquiring land for the New Croton Dam and Aqueduct System. Seven thousand acres were needed for the Croton watershed and to harness the Croton River's three branches. A twenty square mile area was needed by the city on which to build the new Croton Dam.
After the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Great Wall of China, the new Croton Dam is the 3rd largest hand-hewn structure in the world. Your mouth will drop when you first drive over the small bridge as you enter Croton Gorge Park. No visitor to Westchester County should miss this amazing structure and water show.
Department of Parks Croton Gorge Park Croton Gorge Park Croton Gorge Park is a 97-acre property at the base of the Croton Dam and affords impressive views of the dam and spillway. The park is a popular spot for fishing, picnicking and hiking, with direct trail access to New York State’s Old Croton Aqueduct, which begins here.
The waterfall at Croton Gorge Park, in Cortlandt, is only half the attraction as the massive New Croton Dam almost steals the show with its impressive 1800s architecture. The dam, built between 1837 and 1842, measures 297 feet tall by 266 feet wide and stretches 2,188 feet end-to-end.
Environmental Protection Commissioner Carter Strickland today announced the completion of $96 million in reconstruction work on five dams in the Croton watershed, which can provide up to 30 percent of New York City's daily drinking water needs.
Third largest hand-hewn structure in the World! After the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Great Wall of China, the new Croton Dam is the 3rd largest hand-hewn structure in the world. Your mouth will drop when you first drive over the small bridge as you enter Croton Gorge Park.
The New Croton Dam, part of the New York City water supply system, stretches across the Croton River near Croton-on-Hudson, New York, about 22 miles (35 km) north of New York City. Construction began in 1892 and was completed in 1906.