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Bowman Lake State Park

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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.

Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in campsites and day use areas unless prohibited by sign or directive. Pets are to be supervised at all times and either be crated or on a leash not more than 6-feet in length. Proof of rabies inoculation shall be produced if requested by staff. Pets are not permitted in playgrounds, buildings, golf courses, boardwalks, pools and spray-grounds or guarded beaches (this does not apply to service animals).

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 - Sunday 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
  • 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

       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


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.

Fri 19 Jul
Friday, July 19, 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 20 Jul
Saturday, July 20, 2019 08:00 AM - 08:00 PM
Bowman Lake State Park
(607) 334-2718

Bring your decorations and brighten up your site to celebrate with other camping families!  We would like to try a dish-to-pass family style dinner at the pavilion - if you are interested in joining us, inquire at the office at check-in!  Sight judging will be at 8:00 PM.
Sat 20 Jul
Saturday, July 20, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Bowman Lake State Park
(607) 334-2718

Free craft activities for kids - all materials are supplied!
Sat 20 Jul
Saturday, July 20, 2019 08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Bowman Lake State Park
(607) 334-2718

A family friendly movie will be played on the big screen at the tent near the concession stand.  Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy free popcorn!
Tue 23 Jul
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 until Wednesday, July 24, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Bowman Lake State Park
(607) 334-2718

The beach is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during July and August but we have fun games and activities for the family.  Play giant Jenga, Yardzee (a giant version of Yahtzee, cornhole and more!

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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