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Bowman Lake State Park

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Address
745 Bliven Sherman Road
Oxford, NY 13830
Latitude 42.516407
Longitude -75.677612

Bowman Lake State Park is a 966.94 acre 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.

In winter, snowmobilers and cross-country skiers enjoy outstanding scenery on 13 miles of designated trails.

Bowman Lake now offers new "rustic" cabins. These cabins are the perfect in-between for campers who like tents and cabins. Offering protection from the elements, they offer 4 and 6 person cabins, but have no electricity or water. Two (2) night minimum stay required for reservations. Reservations and out-of-state resident fees also apply.

Seasonal Camping Now Available:  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.

Current Water Quality - Beach Results.

Household pets only; caged or on a leash not more than 6 feet. Not allowed in bathing areas. For campers, if your site allows pets, there is a two-pet maximum.

Hours of Operation

  • Open year round, dawn to dusk.
  • Park Office Hours:
    Memorial Day - Columbus Day:  Sunday - Thursday, 9 am to 7 pm; Friday and Saturday 9 am - 9 pm

    Columbus Day - Memorial Day:  Winter Hours Vary - Please call the Office.
  • 2019 Camping Season:    5/10/19- 10/7/19
  • Boat Rental: 5/25/19 - 9/2/19,    11 am to 6 pm only when lifeguards are on duty.
                       

    *Please note that direct access to a lake is available for launching personal non-motorized boats. Trailers are not permitted.
  • 2019 Swimming Season
    5/25/19- 6/16/19, weekends/holidays only, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    6/17/19- 9/2/19, Thursday - Monday and holidays, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.





  • Deer and small game hunting allowed in specific areas
  • Shelter Reservation: Mid-May - Columbus Day. Call park to reserve.

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

The easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Beach/Swimming
  • Included in vehicle entry fee
  • Boat Rental
  • Rowboats:  $7/hour, $20/day and $80/week
    Kayaks:    $10/hour, $35/day
    Double Kayaks:  $15/hour, $45/day
    AVAILABLE ONLY WHEN LIFEGUARDS ARE ON DUTY
  • Campsites
  • $15-19/night

    *Additional $5/night for out-of-state patrons, $9 ReserveAmerica fee, $2.75 walk in fee.

    Rustic Cabins:

    $58 per night (6 person), $45.50 per night (4 person)

    *Additional $7/night for out-of-state patrons, $9 ReserveAmerica fee, $2.75 walk in in fee.


  • Shelters
  • Nature Center Shelter:
       Weekdays:  $40
       Weekend:  $75
       Capacity 49

    Shelter:
       Weekdays:  $40
       Weekends:  $75
       Capacity 74

    Shelter (w/VUF bundles):
       Weekdays:  $60
       Weekends:  $135
  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • Cars:  $5
    Non-Commercial Bus Fee:  $35
    Commercial Bus Fee:  $75
    Seasonal Bus Permit:  $75

Maps

Digital Maps

New! Download this park's digital map to your iOS Apple and Android device.

Firewood source maps show a 50-mile radius from which untreated firewood may be moved to this campground. For more information see firewood restrictions.

Bowman Lake Self Issue Hunting Permit

Bowman Lake Hunting Map

Call park office (607) 334-2718 to book your campsite ($10) while hunting from October 9, 2018 to December 20, 2018 or there are two cabins available:  4 Person cabin $30/night and 6 person cabin $40/night.



Sat 11 May
2019 SEASON OPENING BONFIRE
Saturday, May 11, 2019 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Bowman Lake State Park
(607) 334-2718

Join us for a bonfire at the pavilion on the first camping weekend of 2019!
KID FRIENDLY
Fri 24 May
BINGO, BONFIRE & S'MORES
Friday, May 24, 2019 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Bowman Lake State Park
(607) 334-2718

Gather around the campfire at the pavilion for a relaxing evening of s/mores, BINGO and laughter with fellow campers.
Sat 25 May
CRAFTS AT THE CONCESSION STAND
Saturday, May 25, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Bowman Lake State Park
(607) 334-2718

FREE craft activities for kids - all materials are supplied!
Sat 25 May
LIVE BAND: SUNDOWN
Saturday, May 25, 2019 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Bowman Lake State Park
(607) 334-2718

This family friendly event is open to the public.  The regular park day use fee of $5.00 per vehicle will be charged upon entry.  Valid Access and Liberty Passes will be accepted for admission (named holder must be present).  Any disruptive patron may be asked to leave the venue and/or park.
Sun 26 May
BINGO, BONFIRE & S'MORES
Sunday, May 26, 2019 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Bowman Lake State Park
(607) 334-2718

Gather around the campfire at the pavilion for a relaxing evening of s'mores, BINGO and laughter with fellow campers!

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Boat Launches
  • Boat Rentals
  • Camper Assistance Program
  • Camper Recreation (Accessible)
  • Campsites
  • Dumping Stations
  • Food
  • Nature Trails
  • Pavilions
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds
  • Showers (Accessible)
  • Swimming Beach
  • Tent/Trailer Sites (Accessible)
  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Recreation Programs (Accessible)
  • Snowmobiling
  • X-Country Skiing