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Pigeon River Headwaters Conservation Area is a valuable natural resource and a beautiful place to explore. This 125 hectare (308 acre) property was acquired in 1987 by Kawartha Conservation through a generous donation from Mr. Ross Davidson of Toronto. The trails here are especially appealing to hikers and nature lovers.

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Natural Features

Situated on the Pigeon River partially within the Oak Ridges Moraine, this area is important for the many cold water seeps and springs that exist here. Water from the seeps and springs comes from the high grounds of the Moraine and forms the headwaters of the Pigeon River. Headwaters are an essential part of the water cycle and are critical to our water supply.

The cold clean waters of the river within the Conservation Area support sensitive brook trout. Minnows and creek chub also inhabit the waters, and white tailed deer, mink, muskrat, and beaver share the land.

Birders will enjoy woodcock, hermit thrush and warbler sightings, and the ruffed grouse can be heard drumming through the dense forests.

The marsh boardwalk is a highlight of the park. Water milfoil, turtlehead, asters, cattails, and arrowhead all thrive along the length of the walkway. Frogs, salamanders, turtles, and other water loving creatures also enjoy the marsh.

Forest trail Boardwalk through a wetland Mink on a rocky shoreline Brook Trout in the water

Facilities

A parking lot, picnic shelter, and portable washroom are located near the entrance to the Conservation Area. Visitors will also find two scenic lookouts, and four warm-up shelters along the trails.

Location

445 Gray Road, Kawartha Lakes, ON

Latitude 44.14475
Longitude -78.67649

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Directions

  1. From Highway 35, turn west
    onto Highway 7A for 3 km
  2. Turn left at Century Farm Road for 2.8 km
  3. Turn left at Gray Road for 800 m
  4. Destination will be on the left at 445 Gray Road, Kawartha Lakes, ON

Hours of Operation

May - October 7:00 am to 9:00 pm
November - April 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

No access is permitted outside of posted hours.

Information Board

  • Gray Road from Century Farm Road over to Hwy 35 is classified as an unassumed municipal road. It is maintained as an Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) trail in the winter.
  • The parking area is not maintained from October 31 to May 1, and is accessible by vehicle mainly from early June to late October.
  • Take precautions. See advice from the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit on protecting yourself from West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease when outdoors.