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

For more information on any event, contact:
FCC President Wade Hall

​​April 1 Youth Trout Fishing 10am-2pm

Families are invited to fish our Family Fishing Pond for trout! Rods will be available for use on a first come, first serve basis. Instructors will be available to help your family learn the basics of fishing. You are encouraged to keep your catch in accordance with Ohio fishing regulations. Ohio fishing license is required. Meet at the Family Fishing Pond. Be sure to dress for the weather. We will be fishing rain or shine!

April 8 Antlers and Eggs 10am - 3pm

Located on the South Side of the Lake at the Dance Pavilion. We will have fun family friendly Hunt for candy filled eggs and antlers! This is event is for all kids ages. We will have raffles and plenty of fun to go around for the whole family. We hope to see you there!

April 15 Green Up Day 9am - 12pm

Join our staff and volunteers for a day of invasive removal on Emerald Woods Trail. We will be clearing an area for native tree and shrub planting.

April 28 CMHS Community Service Day 9am - 11am

Clinton Massie High School is teaming up with our park volunteers to tackle small projects and get the grounds ready for the upcoming season. It's going to be a great day with our teens, to teach them skills and get them involved in a community service project.

April 29 Spring Into Wildflowers 12pm - 4pm

Come out and enjoy Ohio's native wildflowers in a variety of ways. Guided hikes will run continuously. Follow along Tree Top Trail and learn identification, fun facts, and how Cowan is working to preserve the beauty of our trails. Photographers will be available to offer tips and tricks for photographing wildflowers. Be sure to dress for the weather!

May 6 Annual Cowan Lake Paddlesport Race 8am - 12pm

The race is a 3 or 6 mile canoe/kayak/SUP race on beautiful Cowan Lake. Race day registration starts at 8am. racer meeting begins at 8:45am, and the race will begin at 9am. Awards will be given at 11am. This race is a great event for all experience levels. This event will be held at 1021 Yankee Rd. Wilmington OH. 45177.  Please visit Ohio Paddlers website for more detailed information on this event and ways to sign up for the event at

May 20 Fishing Has No Boundaries (Time TBD)

This is a fishing event that allows everyone regardless of their disabilities, age, race, or gender to fish. More Details to come.

June 10 Jake's Event (Time TBD)

This event is hosted by the Native Wild Turkey Federation. The event is held at the youth fishing pond on the south side of the lake. More details are to come on this event soon.

June 17 Family Fishing Day 8am - 12pm

Formerly a Catching Fire Outdoors event. This event is filled with raffles, fun, and fishing. It is a family friendly event for all ages and skill levels. We will have volunteers onsite to help and assist if there are any questions the day of the event. Join us at the youth fishing pond, on the south side of the lake, to make some incredible memories that will last forever.

July 5 - 30 Christmas In July at Cowan Lake Campground 

Join us in the month of July to camp at Cowan Lake Campground! Bring your Christmas decorations and make your site festive for the holidays! This month will be complete with Christmas decor on campsites and around the campgrounds, themed classic Christmas movies on Saturday nights for all campers to enjoy, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be joining us at the end of the month!

July 29 Pancake Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus 9am-11am & FCC Cabin 11am - 2 pm

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the Campground from 9am - 11am and will be available for pictures and early Christmas wish lists to be shared to the Big Man in Red! Come have a breakfast complete with pancakes, sausage, coffee, hot chocolate, juice, and water. Cost for breakfast is by donation, through cash at the event or through Paypal where a QR code will be posted on site for donations. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, tickets will be sold from 9am-2pm and are sold on a CASH ONLY basis. Following breakfast the FCC Cabin will be open for refreshments until 2pm. Refreshments include cotton candy, snow cones, and more TBD which are also all sold by cash or Paypal donations. 

August 5 American Lotus Festival 11am - 2pm

The American Lotus Festival is a family friendly event complete with Naturalist guided pontoon rides into the Lotus groves. There will be lots of other activities for everyone to enjoy as well, such as different local vendors selling merchandise, food trucks, kids games, and so much more! Come celebrate the beautiful Lotus groves and enjoy the company and fun of others in the community.

September 16 Safety Day 10am - 2pm

Come inside the campgrounds to learn about all things Safety! There will be various life and safety vehicles, and personnel located at the campground overflow parking lot. The FCC cabin will be open for refreshments and sold by donation only. 

October 13 - 15 Rock'n Into Fall Campout 

Our first weekend of Fall Campout at Cowan Lake Campground. This weekend is packed full of fun activities, a fall scavenger hunt, pet costume contest, raffles, 50/50 drawings, and concessions and the FCC cabin. Decorate your campsites for the holiday season with Fall decor or Halloween decorations. There is so much fun to be had on Fall Campout weekends and we can not wait to enjoy and create memories with you!

October 14 Pancake Breakfast 9am - 11am & FCC Cabin open 11am - 2pm

FCC volunteers and camper hosts are serving breakfast, complete with pancakes and sausage, coffee, hot chocolate, juice, and water. Breakfast is sold on a donation only basis through cash or Paypal QR code provided on site. Starting at 11am the FCC cabin will be open for refreshments that include cotton candy, snow cones, and hot dogs. All refreshments for the FCC Cabin are also sold by a donation only basis, with cash or QR code for Paypal. 

October 20 - 22 Fall Campout 

Fall Campout Weekend has been a huge success for many years and continues to be a wonderful event! This weekend has so many activities and is sure to be one of the best years yet! FCC cabin will be open with bean soup, corn bread, fried potatoes, desserts, snow cones, cotton candy and several desserts, and drink choices. There will be a 50/50 raffle, raffle baskets, crafts, pumpkin painting, archery, all ages costume contest, campsite decorating and of course Trick-or-Treating! This event is closed to the public and will only be available for registered campers and their families or guests.


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All programs are subject to change. Notify the naturalist if special accommodations are needed for your participation.
Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Winter 2023 Cowan Lake State Park Special Events & Nature Programs

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