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McGowan Falls (Rating=B) is a small flat cascade waterfall with a drop of only 1.5 m and a crest of 9 m located in Grey county on the Saugeen River.

LOCATION:

McGowan Falls is located in Durham, Ontario. You can park for free on George St to view the falls. If you plan to use the park facilities, you can pay the day-fee and enter the Durham Conservation Area from Durham Rd E and park on the road loop near the falls. Click on the Road Map icon for a Google map and directions. The Falls Locator button shows a map of other waterfalls in the area.

ACCESS:

There is easy access from both parking areas shown on the trail map. Wheelchair accessible. Click on the Trail Map button below for area walking trails.

 

NEARBY FALLS
LAT
LONG
TYPE
H (m)
W (m)
SOURCE
FACING
McGowan Falls N44.17915 W80.80870 flat cascade
1.5
9
Saugeen River
W
Hogg's Falls N44.28691 W80.54425 curtain plunge 6 10 Boyne River N
Eugenia Falls N44.31326 W80.52659 ribbon plunge 23 12 Beaver River S
Walter's Falls N44.48833 W80.71151 classical cascade 14 15 Walter's Creek N
Inglis Falls N44.52615 W80.93432 complex cascade 18 6 Sydenham River N

 

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ToHi WATERFALL RATINGS

Overall Rating: McGowan Falls = B

Waterflow: A -year round flow
Falls Size: C - < 15 m
Aesthetics: B -a bridge over the crest detracts from the view but the falls are beautifully illuminated at night.

 

THE MCGOWAN FALLS AREA:

Durham Conservation Area covers over 61 ha (150 acres) including over 3 km of Saugeen River frontage. Scenic McGowan Falls is one of the highlights of this beautiful park. McGowan Falls is named for an early miller who used the water power of the Saugeen River at this site. McGowan Falls are portrayed in one of several murals that adorn buildings in downtown Durham. The falls here are more gradual than some with a drop of between 1 -2 m, yet still scenic in their setting of cedars. Unfortunately a walkway bridge built right over the crest spoils the view -one only wishes it was placed elsewhere.

A wide variety of activities can be enjoyed year-round within the park, by both campers and day-users. Facilities include picnic shelters, shower and washroom facilities as well as trailer amenities.
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MCGOWAN FALLS AREA WALKING TRAILS:

Bruce Trail, Riverside Trail, other local trails. For a map of area trails, click on the Trail Map icon above.

This is a picturesque area of the Saugeen River. The Riverside Trail along the Saugeen River begins near the first settlement site at the Upper Dam and travels 2.7 km past rock boulders, a 6 m limestone bluff, past McGowan Falls and through a quiet cedar forest.

FOR THE ADVENTUROUS ONLY:

Due to the height of the falls, there is no challenge whatsoever to access the base of the falls.

 

HIKES VISITING THIS FALLS:

L52F Grey County Magnificent Seven



McGOWAN FALLS VIDEO:

Video highlights of McGowan Falls from the base, along the river, and up-close.

McGowan Falls from base :: Waterfalls McGowan Falls from base
McGowan Falls & river :: Waterfalls McGowan Falls & river
McGowan Falls up close :: Waterfalls McGowan Falls up close





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