Friends Caring for Cowan Lake State Park

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About Cowan Lake State Park


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Cowan Lake State Nature Center
Nature Center Hours 

Wednesday 12pm-4pm
Thursday 12pm - 6pm
Friday 10am - 6pm
Friday Raptor and Reptile Feeding at 4pm
Saturday 11am - 6pm

​Subject to Change

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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, kayaking and canoeing are popular on the lake.

Meandering trails through mature woodlands complement the natural features of this scenic 1,775-acre park.

 2023 Events

June 29-July 4th July 4th Campout
July 1 Friends Cabin Open 11am-2pm
July 24-30 Christmas in July at Cowan Lake Campgrounds decorate your camp sites in Christmas decor!
July 7 Fantastic Fossils 1 pm
July 8  Canoe Excursions 9am
July 8  Stand Up Paddleboards 11am
July 14 Scutes and Scales (open hours)
July 15  Canoe Excursion 9am
July 15  Stand Up Paddleboard 11am
July 21  Naturalist Hike 6pm
July 22  Canoe Excursion 9am
July 22  Stand Up Paddle Boards 11am
July 28  Fantastic Fossils 1pm
July 29 Breakfast with Santa 9am-11am
July 29 Canoe Excursion 9am
July 29 Stand Up Paddleboards 11am
July 29 Friends Cabin open 11am-2pm

Aug 4 Wildlife on the Water 6pm
Aug 5 American L0tus Festival 11am-5pm
Aug 11 Amazing Amphibians (open hours)
Aug 12 Canoe Excursion 9am
Aug 12 Stand Up Paddleboard 11am
Aug 18 It's for the Birds (open hours)
Aug 19 Canoe Excursion 9am
Aug 19  Stand Up Paddleboard 11am
Aug 25  Monarchs on the Move (open hours)
Aug 26 Canoe Excursion 9am
Aug 26 Stand Up Paddleboard 11am
Aug 31- Sept 3  Labor Day Weekend

Sept 2 Friends Cabin open 11am-2pm
Sept 16 Safety Day 10am-2pm
Sept 16 Friends Cabin Open 10am-2pm

Oct 13-15 Rock'n Into Fall Campout
Oct 14 Pancake Breakfast 9am-11am
Oct 14 Friends Cabin Open 11am-2pm
Oct 20-22 Fall Campout 
Oct 21 Friends Cabin Open 11am-2pm

Open Days Nature Center Activities 

Raptor Feedings All Fridays 4pm

Anytime Activities at Cowan Lake

​Hiking on any Cowan Lake Trails
 ** South Side- Storybook Trail, Emerald Woods
 ** Main Office on Osborn Road- Old Field, Dogwood Trails
 **Inside Campgrounds- Lake View, Beechnut Trail.
 **Also Enjoy Educational Trails- Tree Top and Animal Tracks Trails

18-Hole Disc Golf Course on South Side of the Lake and a 9-tee/3 Basket Practice Course Inside of the Campgrounds are now Open Year Around.