Indian Falls (Rating=A) is a beautiful Grey County classical plunge waterfalls formed as the waters of Indian Creek drop 15 m over the hard dolomite cap.
Indian Falls is located north of Owen Sound off Grey Rd 1 just north of the Owen Sound Golf and Country Club in the Township of Sarawak. Free parking is available.
Falls Type: classical plunge Falls facing: E
Falls Latitude: N44.62101 Longitude: W80.95457
Height: 15 m Width: 12 m
Click on the Road Map button below for a Google map and directions. The Falls Locator button shows a map of other waterfalls in the area.
It is a 1.6 km round trip from the parking lot to the falls and back. The falls is not wheelchair accessible. Click on the Trail Map button below for area walking trails.ToHi RATING
Overall Rating: Indian Falls = A
Waterflow: B -seasonal flow of waters of Indian Creek
Falls Size: A - 15 m in height
Aesthetics: A -beautiful setting, Impressive rock overhang; one of my favourites
Jones Falls, Inglis Falls, Walter's Falls, Hogg's Falls.
THE INDIAN FALLS AREA:
This is one of my favorites with a curtain of water from the Indian River flowing over the horseshoe shaped waterfall. In hot summer weather as the creek dries up, the waterfall changes from a curtain to a ribbon falls named after the Nawash Indian tribe who lived in this area at one time. They called the falls "Drum Falls" because of the noise it generated.
The Indian Falls Conservation Area provides a natural habitat for red-winged blackbirds, downy woodpeckers, chipmunks and rabbits. Fish are plentiful in the bubbling fast flowing waters. At the right time of the year (late September or early October), it's possible to view rainbow trout and salmon swimming vigorously against the fast moving waters of Indian River on their way to their spawning areas.
The walk to Indian Falls along the Bruce Trail leads through a canopy of mixed deciduous coniferous woods consisting of maples, cedar, spruce, beech and ash.
The 15 m high waterfall was formed by the erosion of soft Queenston shale beneath hard Manitoulin dolomite, in a manner similar to Niagara Falls.
The lowest layers deposited in the Niagara region were the “red beds”– the soft, iron-bearing Queenston shales. These were laid down under very shallow, brackish water.
The next several layers to be formed in Niagara were sandstones and shales (mostly soft), interspersed with harder layers of limestone.
The last layers of rock to be deposited were composed of a hard magnesium-bearing limestone known as Lockport dolomite (also called dolostone). The dolomite layers were formed under a true tropical sea (sea level was higher than when the red beds were formed), and now contain many marine fossils. The outer edge of the dolomite deposits formed a huge semicircle that has now become the edge of the Niagara Escarpment.
INDIAN FALLS AREA WALKING TRAILS:
Indian Falls walking trail. [The Bruce Trail is 1.7 km to the west and there is no connecting link.] For a map of area trails, click on the Trail Map icon above.
From the parking area off Grey Road 1, an 800 m trail takes about 15 minutes to reach the falls. The trail begins by winding along the stream bed before beginning the rigorous climb to the waterfall by way of a wooden staircase alongside the Indian River, providing many opportunities to view a variety of tree, fern and wildflower species and wildlife. There is a great view of the Indian River below as the trail passes through a stand of birch trees. Soon you will hear the sound of the falls and it will take your breath away when it comes into view. Be careful near the crest of the falls as there is very little protection. You can easily walk out onto the crest of the falls at low water times.
Near the parking area, in a reclaimed gravel pit, sits ball diamonds, tennis courts and playground equipment.
FOR THE ADVENTUROUS ONLY:The trail begins beside the creek so you could walk all the way up the creek to the base. It is rocky and you will need to pick your way around debris. There are rapids all along this stretch of the creek. This would not be wise when water levels are high.
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