Friends Caring for Cowan Lake State Park is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit

Boating

700-acre Cowan Lake has a 10-horsepower limit. Four launch ramps, fuel and dock  rentals are also available. Sailing is very popular on the lake.

South Shore Marina offers boats, canoes, and motors for rent, as well as fishing and  picnic supplies for sale.

The marina and boat ramps are Carry In Carry Out areas. No trash cans are available. Please bring your own trash bags.

South Shore Marina
This Ohio State Park lake is part of the Paddle Ohio program. Learn more
Check for water quality advisories
Ohio boating laws and information



Fishing

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

The fishing pier is Carry In Carry Out areas. No trash cans are available. Please bring your own trash bags.

Check for water quality advisories
Cowan Lake fishing information
Ohio fishing regulations



Picnicking

Six picnic areas with tables and grills are located in many tree-shaded areas overlooking the lake. Camp shelterhouse 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.



Swimming

A 1,000 foot public beach is located on the south lake shore. Bathhouse, showers and a snack bar are available for public use Swimming is permitted during daylight hours only. Swim at your own risk. Pets are NOT permitted on swimming beaches.

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



Trails

Six hiking trails are available in the park:

Beechnut Loop Trail - 0.5 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
Old Field Trail - 0.8 Miles - Moderate
Lakeview Trail - 1.1 Miles - Moderate
Spillway Trail - 2.5 Miles - Moderate


Cowan Lake State Park has one Mountain Bike Trail - 1 Mile - Easy-Difficult



Winter Recreation

Under the proper conditions, park visitors can enjoy sledding and cross-country skiing.



Hunting

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

Ohio hunting laws and information



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Two scenic parking areas are offered near the dam.
The 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.
Bicycle rental is available.

Activities at Cowan Lake State Park

Cowan Lake State Park

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