June 29 - July 2  4th of July Campout at Cowan Lake Campground

Enjoy your 4th of July with special programs from your Cowan Lake Naturalists! Go canoeing, try your hand at archery and stand up paddleboards, or just come in and explore the Nature Center. Be sure to check the kiosks around the park after checking in for a full list of the weekend events!

July 1 Friends cabin inside the campgrounds will be open 11am-2pm

Come and say hello to our some of our Friends Caring for Cowan Lake Volunteers at the cabin located in the main parking lot inside the campgrounds! We will have Snow Cones and Snacks! All consessions are by donation, either through cash or PayPal! We will also have a CASH  50/50 split the pot raffle for adults 18+, 50% goes back to the winner, the other 50% goes to our Friends group to help sponsor events like this and improvements to Cowan Lake!

July 24 through - 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 9am-11am & FCC Cabin 11am - 2 pm

Santa 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 which are all available for donation by cash or PayPal. 

August 5 American Lotus Festival 11am - 5pm

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.



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.

Summer 2023 Cowan Lake State Park Special Events & Nature Programs

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


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