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About McGowan Falls

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A modest-sized waterfall, most visitors will probably use this as a pit stop on the way up to bigger waterfalls around Owen Sound. But I've always liked this little spot. The falls are set just below a small dam. I first thought this ruined the view but have grown to like it.

Visitors walk over the dam to the far side, where a trail runs back towards town, set just back from the river. A few short paths lead down to the river bed, though visitors need to watch for short, steep rock dropoffs. This is a low, wide cascade, perhaps 3-4 m high and about 12-15 m wide.

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Some Key Facts
Region Lake Huron
County Grey
Near Durham
Watercourse Saugeen River
Watershed / % Lakes 3 / 29%
Ownership Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority
Landscape Suburban
Size Small
Type Step with Dam
Modification Water Level Control Dam
Access Everyone
Top / Bottom Easy / Moderate
Trail conditions Gravel
Hiking Time 1 min
Coordinates 44.1791,-80.8089
Site ID WOO.GRE.016
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This page last updated on April 20, 2024. Earlier versions can be examined on Archive.org, dating back to 2003.