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Warsaw Caves Conservation Area Warsaw

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Warsaw Caves Conservation Area
289 Caves Road
Warsaw
ON
K0L3A0
Tel: (705) 652-3161

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Nestled in the valley of the Indian River, the conservation area offers a range of recreational opportunities the entire family or other group can enjoy!
Warsaw Caves has a wide range of outdoor and adventure opportunities which include: hiking, spelunking (cave exploration), bird & nature observation, fishing, canoeing, and swimming.
After exploring the caves & hiking trails take a splash at our Sandy Beach area. The shallow waters of the Indian River make it an ideal spot for children to play and offer a great afternoon of fun.
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    Amazing place... Have some breakfast or lunch in Warsaw (the only restaurant in town), and go for it (5 minutes drive)... DO NOT FORGET a flashlight or headlamp (much better), and do not take anything with you inside the Caves...

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    Great campground and close to Petroglyphs Provincial Park for a day trip.

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    Plenty of work (including a sparkling brand new shower-house / comfort station) and campsite improvements welcome visitors in 2010.

    This was our first visit to Warsaw Caves and we stayed 3 days. We brought our fairly large (30 foot) fifth wheel. RV'ers with motorhomes or longer trailers are well advised to PLAN AHEAD and choose your site carefully! A good portion of the sites are suitable for tents only, a moderate portion will fit a tent trailer, but there is a very limited supply of larger sites that will accomodate larger RV's

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    Wear durable shoes and comfortable clothes, the caves are small and if you are nervous in close quarters then I would exercise caution.

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by Mark Morissette

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Plenty of work (including a sparkling brand new shower-house / comfort station) and campsite improvements welcome visitors in 2010.

This was our first visit to Warsaw Caves and we stayed 3 days. We brought our fairly large (30 foot) fifth wheel. RV'ers with motorhomes or longer trailers are well advised to PLAN AHEAD and choose your site carefully! A good portion of the sites are suitable for tents only, a moderate portion will fit a tent trailer, but there is a very limited supply of larger sites that will accomodate larger RV's

Also be advised there is no electricity on any sites but there are freshwater taps spread throughout the park. Generator use is allowed for RV's but some sites are close and noise will be an issue - please be super considerate about noise!

Campsites are mostly limestone covered.

The campground as a whole is heavily forested and most sites are full shade with some of the larger RV sites having partial sun. Tall cedars dominate and the campground really feels like a true wilderness experience.

The vault toilets spread throughout the campground (and waterfront area) are rough but serviceable - this IS a wilderness experience and those expecting the vault toilets to be sparkling and bright need to remember this is CAMPING, not a 5-star hotel.

For those looking for a more modern experience the campground constructed a brand new comfort station for 2010. Located near the old comfort station (which is now closed) and group camping area (a fair hike from the campground area itself) it offers sparkling new and clean private showers and modern toilet facilities. An outside sink is handy for washing up. As mentioned this comfort station is some distance from the bulk of the camping areas making it rather inconvenient unless you drive, bicycle, or enjoy a short hike to get to it.

The waterfront area is excellent with a shallow sandy beach for the kids and some deeper areas for swimming. A rock shoal just downstream presents a nice opportunity to enjoy the sun-warmed water, and a small island is home to a large tree everybody enjoyed climbing. There are plenty of hibachi-style BBQ's so bring your charcoal and enjoy a picnic. A picnic shelter is available for minimal cost and includes picnic tables and a central (6-grill) charcoal style BBQ.

There is a separate parking lot for the beach area. Several vault toilets (serviceable if not fancy) and a change room are also located at the parking lot and the beach is only a short walk away.

Bring the kids fishing rods, there was plenty of small-fry to be caught along the shoreline.

The Caves themselves are the primary attraction at this conservation area and they are spectacular! Our children (10 and 13) literally spent hours exploring many of the caves and making the transit between many of them. Bring clothes you don't mind getting dirty and or wrecked - you WILL get dirty, wet, and a bit muddy! Head-light style lights are essential - it's impossible to hold a flashlight in your hands will navigating the caves so a head-mounted light is required. Visit the warsaw caves website for more details on the caves - even the caves and beach alone are worth the drive for a day trip if you don't intend to stay and camp.

Overall a 5 star rating from us.

Highlights:
The CAVES (of course!)
Nice beach
Super friendly staff
Well maintained but rustic campground.
New showerhouse / comfort station.

Lowlights:
Vault toilets a bit dodgy. We appreciated having our own toilet in our trailer but remember, this is camping - vault toilets are commonplace in campgrounds!
Poorly behaved kids on the beach. Poor parenting = poorly behaved kids, sadly.
Dogs on the beach. I like dogs but it is CLEARLY posted as no dogs on the swimming area yet plenty were present and the opportunity for soiling the beach was risky.

Overall, we'll be back!

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