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

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.

Cowan Lake State Park

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2019 Cowan Lake State Park

Special Events & Nature Programs

For more information on any event, contact:
Naturalist Mandy Wolski

Phone: (937) 382-1096 or (614) 306-4913​​

Jan 26             1st Annual Winter Hike, 10am – 12:30pm Guided hikes take you along the LakeView Trail every 30 minutes or                                  choose one of many unguided routes. Food and drink available for purchase at the Commisary until 2pm.                                      Naturalist Cabin will be open until 2pm! Dress warm! 

April 6              Antlers and Eggs 10am - 1pm Your traditional Easter egg hunt with a twist. Guest speakers, interactive                                              education, and awards. Presented by Catching Fire Outdoors. 

April 20           Green Up Day 9am - Noon Help us “Green Up” the park for the season. This is a great community service                                        opportunity. Families, volunteer and community groups, and Scouts are all welcome. For more details or to                                    register a group, email

April 27           Spring into Wildflowers 10am - 1pm Enjoy Ohio’s beautiful spring wildflowers in a variety of ways including a                                 photography workshop, identification help, and wildflower hikes. 

May 4              3rd Annual Catching Fire Youth Fishing Event 8am - 1pm The Catching Fire Outdoors team is back at Cowan                                   this year for their main event.

May 4-5           Free Fishing Weekend    Enjoy free fishing all weekend long!

May 24-27       Memorial Day Weekend Camp Out Come celebrate the start of summer with a fun-filled weekend of owl                                         hikes, kayak trips, and archery. Make your camping reservation early.

June 8             4th Annual Jakes Event! 10:30am - 2pm Visit with the National Wild Turkey Federation for their yearly kids’                                      event!   Fishing, archery, water sports and many more fun activities.

​June 21-23      Pollination Celebration   Join us for a variety of pollinator friendly activities.

July 4 - 7        4th of July Camp Out Celebrate Independence Day at Cowan Lake State Park.  Make your camping                                                   reservation early.

July 20-21       Cowan Lake Fest!  Cowan Lake’s public beach is the place to be! Join in the fun with free activities that include                              canoes, kayaks, sailing kayaks, standup paddle boards and more. Also included in the free fun: live music,                                      family games, beach volleyball, bonfires, food trucks, and free overnight camping!

Aug 30 -          Labor Day Weekend Camp Out  Send the kids back to school with a bang! Join us for a weekend of canoeing,    Sep 2                kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, archery and more! Reserve your campsite early!

Sep 20             Welcome to the PawPaw Patch 6pm Join us at the Naturalist Cabin to hike the Dogwood Trail in search of                                      Ohio’s native fruit. Learn how to grow your own PawPaw trees and enjoy the sweet taste of the fruit!

Oct 18-20        Fall Camp Out!Enjoy the splendor of fall at Cowan Lake with warm campfires and colorful trees. Decorate                                       your campsite, visit with live animals, participate in the costume contests and the bike parade. This weekend                                 offers trick-or-treating and fun for the whole family! Book early, sites fill up fast. 

...........  and more events to be announced!