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! Or, spend a few days with us in our campground to thoroughly enjoy everything we have to offer.

We are located at 289 Caves Road, Warsaw, in the Township of Douro-Dummer. Our coordinates are N 44.461904, W -78.131332.

The conservation area will open from May 10 to October 14, 2019.

You may reserve a campsite by selecting the reservation button to the right. You may reach the conservation area by calling 705-652-3161 or 1-877-816-7604 or by email warsawcaves@otonabeeconservation.com

Gatehouse Hours

May 10 – October 14:

Sunday – Thursday,  9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Statutory Holiday Sundays – 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Fees

Day Use

2018 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
  • Group Campsite, per Person, per Night: $10.00
  • Group Campsite, per Scout/Guide/Cadet, 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

Please Note: Fees are inclusive of all applicable taxes. Vehicle parking or bus parking fees includes admission for all passengers - you do not pay an additional fee per person on top of the parking fee. Camping permits inlcude parking for one vehicle - any additional vehicles require a separate, additional vehicle permit. Program fees, such as canoe/kayak rentals, are paid in addition to admission or camping fees.

When you pay your admission or parking fee you directly help support the operation of the park. If you are a frequent visitor, you can save money and show your support by purchasing an annual pass at the gate house. The pass is good for a year from date of purchase and is valid for general admission only — it does not cover camping or other user fees/services.

Please Note: Fees are inclusive of all applicable taxes.

Vehicle parking or bus parking fees includes admission for all passengers – you do not pay an additional fee per person on top of the parking fee. Camping permits include parking for one vehicle – any additional vehicles require a separate, additional vehicle permit. Program fees, such as canoe/kayak rentals, are paid in addition to admission or camping fees.

 

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.

Group Camping Opportunities

At the Warsaw Caves Conservation Area, 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. Read more….

Scouts, Guides, Cadets, School Groups, Social Agencies:

Any legally registered organization is eligible to book a site. The group must be led by a designated leader who has legal authority for the group. Use of alcohol is not permitted. Campsite fees are $7.00 per person per night and a minimum of $42.00 per group per night.

All Other Groups:

This includes all other groups of campers who are not part of a registered organization and are not led by a designated leader. Use of alcohol is permitted. Campsite fees are $10.00 per person per night and a minimum of $200.00 per group per night. Each vehicle must have an individual permit.

Group campsites must be booked by phone. Call us at 705-652-3161 or 1-877-816-7604 (May 10th to October 14th). During the off-season call us at 705-745-5791.

Bookings are subject to site availability. We are not obligated to accept any booking request and may refuse any such request at our sole discretion.

Standard campground rules apply including but not limited to a 10:00 p.m. radio curfew, midnight quite time, and the responsible use of alcohol where allowed. Disruptive behaviour will not be tolerated.

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 by the rushing melt waters of a glacier that covered Ontario.

All you need is 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.

No dogs in the caves. The use of alcohol is prohibited

Hiking

The Warsaw Caves Conservation Area has close to 15 km of trails that meander through forests and across open limestone plains. From the scenic lookout, you can view the Indian River valley and along the trail see potholes and kettles and hear the sounds of the disappearing river. Be sure to download the trail map to guide you on your way to exploration!

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. Read more….

From the canoe launch at the Warsaw Caves Conservation Area, a trip downstream to the village of Warsaw by canoe may take approximately two hours out and two hours back and makes 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.

Canoe rentals are available at the gatehouse. $12.00 hour / $48.00 day (inclusive of all taxes, one hour minimum). Rental includes canoe, 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 (at the Warsaw Caves Conservation and Campground only).

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. Be safe on the water. Wear your life jacket. The use of alcohol is prohibited.

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.

2019: $30.00 shelter rental; $17.00 day pass, per vehicle. Fees include applicable taxes.

The use of alcohol is not permitted.

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 barbecues nearby, or bring your own barbecue.

Please note that the swimming area is unsupervised. Swim with a buddy and keep a careful eye on your children.

No dogs on the beach, please. 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 as shown in our Indian River Canoe Trip Guide. Please note: the Indian River at this location is not suitable for motorized water craft/boats.

The character of the river varies widely and it ranges in depth from a couple of feet deep (less than a meter) in places to 28 feet (8.5m) at Quarry Lake.

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.

For details on how and where to purchase a fishing licence, please visit the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

You should also be familiar with the provincial fishing regulations, which define seasons, catch limits on various species of fish and other matters. Refer to the Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources for more information.

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. Also, please be aware of where you are fishing in relation to Otonabee Conservation water control structures (dams, weirs).

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