Warsaw Caves Conservation Area

Come join us for a day of outdoor adventure and exploration! We’ve got caves, hiking trails, canoeing, and more – and we’re less than two hours away from the GTA! Spend a few days with us in our campground to thoroughly enjoy everything we have to offer.

LOCATION:

289 Caves Rd, Warsaw, Township of Douro-Dummer, ON K0L 3A0
Latitude 44.461904, Longitude -78.131332

CONTACT:

For more info about this conservation area please contact Otonabee Conservation:
Phone: 705-652-3161 or 1-877-816-7604 (May 8th – October 12th, 2020)
During the off-season 705-745-5791
Email: warsawcaves@otonabeeconservation.com

GATEHOUSE HOURS:

Our season runs from May 8 – October 12, 2020:

Sunday – Thursday |  9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday – Saturday | 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday of a Statutory Holiday weekend | 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Fees:

Day Use

2020 Fees

  • Day Use Permit, Vehicle (Car) Entry: $17.00
  • Day Use Permit, Walk-in per Adult: $7.00
  • Day Use Permit, Walk-in per Child: $4.00
  • Day Use, Bus Passenger, per Person: $2.00
  • Day Use Permit, Per Bus: $80.00
  • Day Use for Picnic Shelter:
    (please reserve in advance)
    $30.00

Pass

Annual Pass to Conservation Areas

  • General: $60.00
  • Seniors: $45.00

Camping

  • Campsite, Unserviced, per Night: $47.00
  • Campsite, Unserviced, per Week (7 days) $282.00
  • Additional Vehicle at Campsite, per Night: $17.00
  • Public Group Campsite Base Fee: $50.00
  • Public Group Campsite, per Person, per Night: $10.00
  • Recognized Group Campsite Base Fee: $30.00
  • Group Campsite, per Person, per Night: $6.00

Other Fees

  • Canoe/Kayak Rental, per Hour: $12.00
  • Canoe/Kayak Rental, per Day: $48.00
  • Firewood (one bundle, 1 cubic foot) $12.00
  • Snacks, refreshments $various
  • Headlamp, Basic $15.00
  • Headlamp, Premium $24.00

Note: Fees are inclusive of all applicable taxes.

Admission and parking fees directly support the operation of the park – Thank you! If you are a frequent visitor, you can save money and show your support by purchasing an annual pass. The pass is valid for a year from date of purchase for general admission only; it does not cover camping or other user fees/services.

Vehicle and bus parking fees include admission for all passengers.

ACTIVITIES:

Nestled in the valley of the Indian River, the Warsaw Caves Conservation Area offers a range of recreational opportunities the entire family or an organized group can enjoy. Our recreational facilities and services include the following.

CAMPING

The Warsaw Caves Conservation Area and Campground has 52 un-serviced sites in a beautiful wooded setting, just 25 minutes outside of Peterborough. Come spend the weekend or bring your family for an extended stay through the week and take in everything the park has to offer. This campground has an accessible comfort station that includes washrooms, showers, laundry room, and a dish wash station. We have three group campsites. These sites are great for Scouts, Guides, Cadets and similar groups as well as school camping trips. We can also make this offer available to other large groups.

Please refer to our Camping Reservation Terms & Conditions for details about all camping opportunities (on right under ‘Downloads’).

CAVING (SPELUNKING)

The Warsaw Caves Conservation Area takes its name from a series of seven caves found in the park. The caves were formed thousands of years ago at the end of the last ice age.

Bring a flashlight or a headlamp to enjoy this natural underground playground. You can spend a couple of hours or the entire day exploring the caves. Wear clothes you don’t mind dirtying and close fitting shoes and then come out for a unique underground adventure.

Learn more about the caves and plan your adventure by downloading our Spelunkers Guide to the Caves.

Note: that the caves are closed from December 1 to April 15 each year due to the hazards posed by winter conditions. Dogs are not permitted in the caves.

HIKING

We have 15 km of trails that meander through forests and across open limestone plains. From the scenic lookout, you can view the Indian River valley. Along the Lookout Trail you’ll also see potholes and kettles and hear the sounds of the disappearing river. Be sure to download our Trail Map for a self-guided tour of our trails.

CANOEING & KAYAKING

Come spend some time paddling along the Indian River in a canoe or kayak. It’s paddling 101 – flat water, a gentle current, and lots of great scenery and wildlife. Bring your own canoe or kayak or rentals are available on site.

From our canoe launch, you can paddle downstream to the village of Warsaw. By canoe, it may take approximately two hours out and two hours back, making it a great day trip. Or, you can just amble along the Indian River at your leisure.

Download a copy of the Indian River Canoe Trip Guide.

Rentals include canoe/kayak, paddles, life jackets, and marine safety kit. A limited number of single person kayaks are available. Note that parking or admission fees apply in addition to equipment rental fees. All equipment must be returned by 7:00 p.m. (Friday & Saturday); by 4:00 p.m. (Sunday to Thursday); unless otherwise posted. Earlier return times apply in the fall as daylight hours shorten.

PICNIC FACILITIES

You can reserve the use of a picnic shelter by calling us at (705) 652-3161 or by emailing us at warsawcaves@otonabeeconservation.com. Please note that the park admission fee applies to everyone attending your event.

Note: The use of alcohol is not permitted at picnic facilities.

SWIMMING

Enjoy a day on the beach and cool off with a dip in our swimming area on the Indian River. Make it a picnic and enjoy a lazy day. There are tables and a limited number of barbecues nearby.

Note: Swimming area is unsupervised.  Dogs are not allowed on the beach. The use of alcohol is not permitted.

FISHING

Fish from the dock at the canoe launch or paddle a canoe down the Indian River. You can fish the length of the Indian River between the canoe launch and the dam in the village of Warsaw. The variety of fish in the river includes perch, sunfish, and smallmouth bass.

All Ontario residents between 18 and 65 years of age require a fishing licence to legally fish in Ontario waters. There is an exception to this rule is the licence –free period during Ontario Family Fishing Events.

River flows can change throughout the season along the rivers and streams within the Otonabee Region watershed. Anglers need to be aware of the changes because, as flows increase, the waterways can become dangerous.

Note: The Indian River at this location is not suitable for motorized water craft/boats.

  • Camp Site at Warsaw
  • Large Kettle
  • Child in cave