Pigeon River Headwaters Conservation Area

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.

Link to a downloadable trail map for the Pigeon River Headwaters Conservation Area :


2oldguyswalking website has a great review (posted 2014, updated 2019) with images and map. Go here to read this review.

We would also direct you to read our DISCLAIMER and our TRAIL USERS CODE.

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Pigeon River Headwaters Conservation Area characteristics

Length: 3 km
Difficulty: Moderate (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Boardwalks and Natural
Trail use: Hiking, Cross-country skiing, Snowshoeing, and Mountain biking
Accessibility Notes: Not wheelchair accessible
Fees: None reported

Flora & Fauna:

Not reported yet

Amenities: washrooms, picnic tables

Attractions: Boardwalk, Lookout, Marsh

Kawartha Conservation AuthorityTel: 705.328.2271.2286

Find it: 445 Gray Road, Kawartha Lakes, ON

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 44.1447500
Longitude: -78.6764900