Cowan Lake State Park

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Cowan Lake State Park

Ohio

(937) 382-1096

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Overview

Cowan Lake State Park offers a peaceful setting replete with scenic inlets laden with the American Lotus water lily. Swimming, fishing, sailing and canoeing are popular on the lake. Meandering trails through mature woodlands compliment the natural features of this scenic 1,075-acre park. Cowan Lake lies near the Cincinnati Arch, an uplifting of bedrock that occurred during the Appalachian Mountains' building process. The erosion of this arch in the Cowan region exposes fossil-rich limestone. The limestone near Cowan and other parts of the exposed arch are some of the most famous fossil hunting fields in the world A fine stand of beech-maple forest can be found around the lake at Cowan. These woodlands contain beautiful wildflowers including bloodroot, wild ginger, spring beauties and trillium. The woods, fields and lake provide habitat for a variety of animals, including ring-neck pheasant, ducks, geese and herons. Songbirds such as eastern bluebirds, catbirds, house wrens and many others inhabit the fields and bushy areas of the park. Mammals include white-tailed deer, raccoon, opossum, woodchuck, skunk and others American Lotus, a brilliant water lily, is abundant in the lake's shallow areas. It is unusual to find such a large colony of lotus on an inland lake. The plant's leaves grow up to two feet in diameter supporting large yellow flowers.

Map of Cowan Lake (OH)

Latitude, Longitude: 39.387356, -83.898020

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Activities

  • Boating

    The 700-acre Cowan Lake has a 10-horsepower limit. South Shore Marina offers boats, canoes, and motors for rent, as well as fishing and picnic supplies for sale. Four Launch ramps, fuel and dock rentals are also available. Sailing is very popular on the lake. Marina and boat ramps are Carry In Carry Out areas. No trash cans are available. Please bring your own trash bags.

  • Bicycling

    This park has a mountain bike trail.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Visitors can tour the beech-maple forest of Cowan Lake State Park and the scenic Cowan Lake along Sprague Rd., Osborn Rd., US 68, and other nearby roads.

  • Camping

    This site has 237 electric sites, 17 non-electric sites, four sites are wheelchair accessible, showerhouse, flush toilets, laundry facilities, dump station, a camper's beach, and a boat launch ramp. Commissary is equipped with snacks and camping items. Pet camping is offered on designated sites. Bike rental, volleyball and basketball courts, and miniature golf available to campers. Cottages are available for rent.

  • Fishing

    Muskie, crappie, largemouth bass, catfish, and bluegill are plentiful. Accessible fishing pier is located near the Pine Tree picnic area.

  • Hiking

    This park has six hiking trails and a mountain bike trail.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is permitted in designated areas during scheduled hunting seasons. Valid Ohio hunting license is required.

  • Picnicking

    Six picnic areas with tables and grills are located in many tree-shaded areas overlooking the lake. Two shelterhouses and dance pavilion are reservable online or by calling 866-644-6727. Shelterhouse and the dance pavilion near the beach are Carry In Carry Out areas. No trash cans are available. Please bring your own trash bags.

  • RVing

    This site has 237 electric sites, 17 non-electric sites, four sites are wheelchair accessible, showerhouse, flush toilets, laundry facilities, dump station, a camper's beach, and a boat launch ramp. Commissary is equipped with snacks and camping items. Pet camping is offered on designated sites. Bike rental, volleyball and basketball courts, and miniature golf available to campers.

  • Water Sports

    A 1,000 foot public beach is located on the south lake shore.

  • Winter Sports

    Winter sports include sledding and cross country skiing.

Seasonality/Weather

This park is open year-round.

Directions

Driving

From Cincinnati, OH

Take I-71 North to exit 45 Waynesville/Wilmington. Turn right off the exit, onto SR 73 East. Heading towards Wilmington, turn right at the first traffic light, onto Nelson Ave. Follow Nelson Ave to a three way stop. Turn right at stop sign onto SR 730. Continue on SR 730 to Osborn Rd. Turn left onto Osborn Rd. Campground entrance is 1.5 miles on the right.

From Columbus, OH

Take I-71 South to exit 50 Wilmington/Xenia. Turn left off the exit, onto SR 68 South. Follow 68 South for approximately 11 miles, through Wilmington, to Dalton Rd. Turn right onto Dalton. Follow Dalton for approximatley 2 miles to Osborn Rd. Turn right onto Osborn Rd. Campground entrance will be on the left.

From Dayton, OH

Take US 35 East to SR 68 South. Follow 68 South through Wilmington, to Dalton Rd. Follow Dalton for approximately 2 miles to Osborn Rd. Turn right onto Osborn Rd. Campground entrance will be on the left.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(937) 382-1096

Campground reservations

(866) 644-6727

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