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Cowan State Park
COWAN STATE PARK
COWAN STATE PARK
1750 Osborn Road,
Wilmington, Ohio   45177

Phone: 937-382-1096
Reservations: 866-644-6727
Cowan State Park

Cowan State Park

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Cowan State Park
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'Water Fowl along Cowan Creek'
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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 park.
Nature of the Area
It has been said that Ohio's history can be found written in the rocks. By studying the bedrock layers in Ohio, we know that ancient seas, marshes or swamps covered all or portions of the state at times over the past 500 million years. Sediment deposited by those ancient waters solidified into rock and eventually uplifted forming dry land. Animals and plants were embedded in the sediment, and today, these fossils reveal the different life forms that existed in Ohio's past.

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. (Collection of fossils requires a permit from the Chief)

A fine stand of beech-maple forest can be found around the lake at Cowan. These woodlands contain beautiful wildflowers including bloodroot, wild ginger, springbeauties and trillium. The woods, fields and lake provide habitat for a variety of animals. Ring-neck pheasant, ducks,geese and herons are found here. 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.
History of the Area
The Cowan Lake region was once a stronghold of the Miami and Shawnee Indians. After their defeat at the hands of General Anthony Wayne at the Battle of Fallen Timbers, the Indian threat subsided and settlement began here. In 1797, the first settler in the area, William Smalley, began clearing land for his home along the river which was later dammed to form Cowan Lake. Smalley had been captured by the Indians when he was a small child and was forced to live with them until he was twenty years old. He later fought in General Wayne's army, was recaptured, but luckily escaped with his life.

Cowan Creek was named for the area's first surveyor,John Cowan. A dam was completed across Cowan Creek in 1950, and in 1968, Cowan Lake was dedicated as a state park.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
GeneralLand, acres1075
 Water, acres700
Day-UseFishingyes
 Huntingyes
 Hiking Trail, miles5.5
 Picnickingyes
 Picnic Shelters, #2
 Swimming Beach, feet1000
 Mountain Bike Trails, miles1
 Beach Concessionyes
 Nature Programsyes
BoatingBoat Rentalyes
 Boating Limits10
 Seasonal Dock Rental440
 Launch Ramps, #4
 Fuel For Saleyes
CampingPrimative, #17
 Electric Sites, #237
 Pets Permittedyes
 Flush Toiletsyes
 Dumpstationyes
 Showersyes
 Camp Commissaryyes
 Campground Beachyes
WinterSleddingyes
 Cross-Country Skiingyes
AccommodationsFamily Cottages, #27
Camping
The campground has 254 campsites. Of that total, 237 campsites have electricity suitable for tents or trailers and 17 sites are non-electric. Four sites are wheelchair accessible. The campground is equipped with a showerhouse, flushtoilets, laundry facilities, dump station, camper's beach and a boat launch ramp. A commissary is equipped with snacks and camping items. Pet camping is offered on designated sites.
Cottages
There are 27 family cottages situated in a wooded setting along the lake. Each cottage is heated and air-conditioned, has two bedrooms, bath, living area with a sofa bed, complete kitchen, dining area and screened porch. Linens, towels, cooking and eating utensils are provided. Two premium cottages have gas fireplaces. The fireplaces are not in operation from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Places To Find Supplies
Sweet Mornings Donut Shop - Liberty, INBakery
We offer the following donuts and muffins made fresh daily in our shop Glazed donuts,Twists,Plain and Chocolate Cake ,Apple Fritters,Honey Buns,Blueberry,Sour Creme,Donut Holes,Bars,Yeast rings,Tiger Tails,Filled Donuts,Berry Blast Muffin,Sin-A-Muffin.
56.8 miles from park*
Swimming
A public beach is located on the south lake shore. A bathhouse, showers and a snack bar are provided.
Boating
Boats with a ten horsepower limit are permitted on Cowan Lake. The South Shore Marina concession offers boat, canoe and motor rental as well as fishing and picnic supplies. Launch ramps, fuel and dock rentals are also available. Sailing is very popular on the lake.


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Picnicking
Picnic areas with tables and grills are located in many tree-shaded areas overlooking the lake. A shelterhouse and dance pavilion are each reservable. Contact the park office for details.
Trails
More than four miles of hiking trails begin near the cottage and camping areas and lead to scenic locations in the park. The Lotus Cove self-guided trail provides a boardwalk view of an American Lotus (water lily) colony while the Emerald Woods Trail meanders through a mature beech forest.
Area Attractions
Stonelick State Park, located 13 miles southwest of Cowan on State Route 727, and Caesar Creek State Park, situated 18 miles northwest of Cowan on State Route 73, both offer swimming, boating, fishing and camping. Caesar Creek Gorge, a state nature preserve is located adjacent to Caesar Creek State Park. Other attractions include Kings Island Amusement Park; the outdoor drama, Blue Jacket; and the College Football Hall of Fame.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
May 31
Our family has camped at this park for almost 20 yrs. over the memorail day weekend and has always been an excellent place to camp and very clean. However this yr. the bathrooms were very disgusting and not kept cleaned at all. Past yrs. they have been cleaned a couple times a day. This yr. was really bad last day I did finally see them cleaning them out after we had been there for 4 days. : 0 (
June 13 Very quite and peaceful!
I go to Cowan Lake a few times a week to just enjoy the outdoors and the peace. There are tons of picnic areas around the lake and lots of places to fish. The facilities are relatively clean and stocked. There is no place for trash so you have to take it with you but the grounds have always been clean and well kept.
March 8 streams are full of gold for panning by kevin clark
found pleanty of gold flakes south of dam and its streams that feed the lake left from thr glashers
July 20 Our favorite park by love to camp!
Cowan is well maintained. Blacktop for easy biking, beach in the camp area, we love to hike there!


Area Campgrounds

Frontier Campground
9580 Collett Road
Waynesville, OH
937-488-1127


Beechwood Acres Camping Resort
855 Yankee Rd
Wilmington, OH
937-289-2202


Green Meadows Campground
4880 State Route 350 West
Clarksville, OH
937-289-2284


Olive Branch Campground, LLC
6985 Wilmignton Road
Oregonia, OH
513-932-2267


Pine Cove Campground LLC
764 Osborn Road
Wilmington, OH
937-382-0806


Area Fishing Related Businesses
Tackle Town USA
6329 State Route 380
Wilmington, OH
(937) 382-7627


Spillway Party Supply
7646 Oregonia Rd
Waynesville, OH
(513) 897-9334


Bait Store
249 Beechwood Rd
Wilmington, OH
(937) 289-2083


Fishing Pole Bait Shop
5071 State Route 350
Clarksville, OH
(937) 289-8027


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Rocky Fork Lake Cottages - Hillsboro, OHCottages and Cabins
Lake Front but not lake view. This cottage is situated on 3 Acres, mostly wooded. Rocky Fork Lake is a 2,000 acre quiet and secluded lake. Because of the heavy concentration of trees the lake is a secluded paradise hidden in the woods.
Web Site: vacationhomerentals.com/52625
26.3 miles from park*
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