Activity Facilities Quantity
Resource Land, acres 1,075
Water, acres 700
Activities Fishing yes
Hunting yes
Hiking Trail, miles 4
Mountain Bike Trail, miles 1
Picnicking yes
Picnic Shelters, # 5
Swimming Beach, feet 1000
Beach Concession yes
Summer Nature Programs yes
Miniature Golf yes
Boating Boat Rental yes
Boating Limits 10 HP
Fuel For Sale yes
Seasonal Dock Rental, # 440
Launch Ramps, # 5
Winter Sledding yes
Cross-Country Skiing yes
Resort Family Cottages, # 27
Camping Non-electric campsites 17
Campsites with Elec., # 237
Pets Permitted yes
Campground Beach yes
Showers yes
Flush Toilets yes
Dumpstation yes
Camp Commissary yes














 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cowan Lake

State Park

1750 Osborn Road,
Wilmington, OH 45177

Cowan Lake is family camping at its finest. Tiny inlets in the lake make it a fun place to canoe and there are trails meandering throughout the park. There's even a small beach for those who like to take a swim after a long day of fishing.

Park Office:
Camp Office:
Marina:
Reservations for cottages, camping & shelters:
937-382-1096
937-383-3751
937-289-2656
866-644-6727
Reserve online:  
Reserve Campsites online   Reserve Cottages online   Reserve Shelters onlin
 

Park Map | Campground Map | Cottage Area Map

 

 

 

 

 

Cottages   Reserve Cottages online

 

  • 27 cottages
  • Each cottage is heated and air-conditioned, sleeps 5 with 2 private bedrooms and rollaway beds, and offers a bath with shower, furnished living area, complete kitchen, dining area and screened porch
  • Linens, towels, cooking and eating utensils are provided
  • 2 premium cottages have gas fireplaces and wooden decks with gas cooking grills (fireplaces are not useable May 1- Aug.31
  • Pets are allowed in select cottages, please call 866-644-6727 for more information

Camping   Reserve Campsites online

  • 237 electric sites
  • 17 non-electric sites
  • 4 sites are wheelchair accessible.
  • Showerhouse, flush toilets, laundry facilities, dump station, 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

Boating

  • 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
  • 4 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

Fishing

  • Muskie, crappie, largemouth bass, catfish and bluegill are plentiful
  • Accessible fishing pier is located near the Pine Tree picnic area
  • Fishing pier is a Carry In Carry Out area • No trash cans are available • Please bring your own trash bags
  • Valid Ohio fishing license is required

Swimming

  • 1,000 foot public beach is located on the south lake shore. Having Fun at State Parks
  • Bathhouse, showers and a snack bar are available for public use
  • The beach is a Carry In Carry Out area • No trash cans are available • Please bring your own trash bags
  • Check for water quality advisories

Picnicking   Reserve Shelters online

  • 6 Picnic areas with tables and grills are located in many tree-shaded areas overlooking the lake
  • 2 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

Trails

  • 6 hiking trails
    • Beechnut Loop Trail • 1/2 Mile • Easy
    • Dogwood Trail • 0.7 Miles • Easy
    • Emerald Woods Trail • 1.8 Miles • Easy
    • Lotus Cove Trail • 0.7 Miles • Moderate • Offers a boardwalk view of an American Lotus (water lily) colony
    • Oldfield Trail • 0.8 Miles • Moderate
    • Lakeview Trail • 1.1 Miles • Moderate
  • Mountain Bike Trail • 1 Mile • Easy-Difficult

Winter Recreation (conditions permitting)

  • Sledding
  • Cross country skiing

Hunting

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

More To Do

  • 2 scenic parking areas are offered near the dam
  • Scenic parking area at the dam spillway is a Carry In Carry Out area • No trash cans are available • Please bring your own trash bags