View of Schoellkopf Elevator

Schoellkopf Power Plant Ruins Site

Take an elevator into the Niagara Gorge to discover the remains of the former Schoellkopf Power Plant

Man standing at base of Schoellkopf Elevator in Niagara Falls, NYThe Schoellkopf Power Station was constructed in three sections between 1905 and 1924, and at the time of its completion was the largest hydroelectric power station in the world. The complex included offices, gatehouses, and other buildings at the top of the Niagara Gorge, and turbine-generator stations located at the base. Water was diverted from the Niagara River above the falls, by a 4,600' canal that ran through the city to the edge of the gorge.

In 2013, the Maid of the Mist began construction on the site as a location to store their boats during the harsh winter months. As part of that project, the original elevator shaft was restored and elevator access to the Gorge and the Schoellkopf site was granted. Visitors can also access a connected hiking trail as well.

You can learn more about the full history of the site at the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center and then visit the site at Niagara Falls State Park. There is no cost to ride the elevator and it is open seasonally.

2019 Hours of Operation

Elevator Upper Lobby:

  • April 29 - September 30: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Monday-Friday) / 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Saturday-Sunday)
  • October 1 - October 31: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Daily)
  • November 1 - November 30: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Daily)

Elevator Lower Lobby:

  • April 29 - September 30: 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Monday-Friday) / 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. (Saturday-Sunday)
  • October 1 - October 31: 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Daily)
  • November 1 - November 30: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Daily)

Schedules subject to change. Visit this page before your trip for the most up-to-date schedules.