KThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2021

Big Improvements Happening

Cowan Lake State Park is near Wilmington, Ohio and they have been making a lot of improvements to the park.  It is a great location between Cincinnati and Columbus with easy access from the highway.  This is good if you want to meet with friends somewhat in between.  It isn't too close to the highway so you don't hear the road noise as it is a few miles away but it is an easy drive to the park. 

They have been revamping the Nature Center to make it more accessible to folks as they have recently added a ramp. The Nature Center actually has two buildings side by side used for different purposes.  Then behind the Nature Center they have a location where several birds are located in cages.  Then next to where the birds are kept you will notice a new paw print trail that is a short but informative hike.

The commissary has great pizza and ice cream.  We also bought our firewood and ice from them as well.  We didn't need to leave the park.  We had a few trails to pick from and picked two of the shorter ones for members in our group.  

The cabins have been revamped as well.  They are all close to each other so if you wanted to have a family reunion or a get together this would be a great spot to do so.  At the end of the main road it will lead you to the lake.  You can use the dock to put your boat out (kayak and certain motor boats).  Folks are fishing at the lake or simply enjoying the beauty of the lake.  

The beach is simple but that is part of the charm.  It is clean and we were able to swim on the hot days that we had while camping.

  • Playground and Gaga pit for the kits to play in near the commissary.
  • We picked the campsite closest to the lake as in my opinion it has the best view and trees to hammock from while looking at the lake.
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  • Nice sidewalk to the beach and bathroom.  Keep in mind it is steep.
  • The beach does not have a life guard. Use at your own risk.
  • ODNR Still has signs to be mindful of social distancing or self-contained camping when possible
  • Bathroom Toilet clean and meets our needs as it is not a vault toilet.
  • Bathroom close to the lake is simple but will meet your needs minus a shower.  For a shower you would have to go to the main part of camp.
  • We were not able to rent a kayak while we were at the park. It is a great lake to kayak on and one of my favorites.
  • Pets are prohibited on the beach but near the beach is a grassy patch that you could remain on with your 4 legged friend and watch your family.
  • Boat house was locked up during our visit.
  • View of the beach and dock area at Cowan Lake State Park.
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  • This is one of the best commissary (stores) that I have been to in the Ohio State Parks.  They have a great selection of food that you can order and items that you might need.
  • The cottages are nice and near the nature center.
  • Current camping rates and be mindful no walk on sites any more.  You can easily book a site online.
  • Make sure to check out the birds and trail behind the new nature center.
SiteB10 (Non-electric over by the lake) not in the main campground area

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