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Status: Open through Sun Oct 11 2015   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Wed Apr 27 2016   Later Dates
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Take the Virtual Tour! - BOWMAN LAKE STATE PARK

Bowman Lake State Park is a remote sylvan retreat known as "a camper's paradise." Scenic park roads wind through evergreen and hardwood forests to shady campsites. There is a sandy lakefront for swimmers and sunbathers, with several picnic areas nearby. The lake is regularly stocked with trout, and birdwatchers can spot as many as 103 species of birds. The park also has a nature center that stocks a self-guiding trail brochure for those who wish to stroll the nature trail around the lake. In winter, snowmobilers and cross-country skiers enjoy outstanding scenery on eight miles of designated trails.


Bowman Lake State Park is located west of Oxford in the town of McDonough, in Chenango County.


Biking, boating, fishing, hiking, hunting, and winter snowmobiling and cross-country skiing are favorite activities here.


The park's beach, nature trail, tent and trailer campsites, picnic tables, playground, and showers are almost all accessible to disabled visitors.

Nearby Attractions:

There are many nearby state parks, including Gilbert Lake State Park, Hunt's Pond State Park, Oquaga Creek State Park, Chenango Valley State Park, and Glimmerglass State Park.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Baseball/Softball
  • Basketball
  • Basketball Net/Court
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Launch
  • Boat Rental
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Comfort Station
  • Concession
  • Convenience Store
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Dump Station
  • Fishing
  • Handicap Access
  • Hiking
  • Hot Showers
  • Hunting
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Nature Center
  • Parking
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Playground
  • Recreation Programs
  • Recycling Station
  • Restaurant
  • Showers
  • Snowmobile Trails
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming - Beach
  • Telephone
  • Volleyball
  • Water Fillup Station
Alerts and Important Information
Rustic Cabins now available at Bowman Lake State Park! - a perfect solution for campers who like tents & cabins. Offers protection from the elements, but no electricity or water.


Reservations for summer-long camping are now available at Bowman Lake State Park. Save time and money with only one registration fee and camp for the summer!

A limited number of campsites have been made available at the facility for seasonal camping. Patrons who are interested will need contact the park directly to make their reservations.

Seasonal campsites do not include electricity, water or sewer services. No additional discounts, including the Access Pass, will be accepted for seasonal camping.

For more information or to make reservations, contact Bowman Lake State Park at 607-334-2718.

Have a reservation already? Don't forget to Pre-Register!! 7 days prior to your arrival you can log-in and pre-register. IT SAVES TIME when checking in on the day of arrival!!

Each year the campground makes every effort to provide safe swimming opportunities by testing the water and by keeping the swimming areas staffed with lifeguards. Please be aware that if the safety of our swimmers is compromised, due to lack of lifeguard coverage or water quality issues, swimming will be prohibited and therefore cannot be a guaranteed activity. We apologize for this inconvenience as it may occur with little advance notice. See HERE for all current swimming closures!

IMPORTANT: New York State Parks encourages everyone to be safe outdoors. Please take a few moments to read about the health risks associated with tick bites and some simple steps you can take to safeguard you and your family. http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/04092014Ticks

To insure fairness for all NY customers, any reservation with departure dates outside the 9-month Maximum Window can not be changed or cancelled until 18 days after the reservation was made.

Only 2 pets per site are permitted. Current rabies certificate required. Pets must be on a leash no longer than 6ft at all times.

Campers must set up and occupy the site.

During peak season, a camping party and their equipment may occupy a site for a maximum of 14 continuous days. After which, the camping party and equipment must leave the site and facility for 2 days before registering again for another site.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
42.49583, -75.705
42°29'45"N, 75°42'18"W

The park is located off Route 220, 8 miles west of Oxford. 607-334-2718

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

OXFORD  NY  13830

Phone Number:

Information:  (607)334-2718