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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

Seasonal Camping Now Available! Read more about it.

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.

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.

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

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:
    Fridays & Saturdays mid-May to Labor Day, 8 a.m. -10 p.m.
    Labor Day to Columbus Day, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Sunday thru Thursday, end of June to Labor Day, 8 a.m. -10 p.m.
  • 2016 Camping Season:    5/13/16 - 10/9/16
  • 2016 Swimming Season
    5/28/16 - 6/12/16, weekends/holidays only, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    6/18/16 - 9/5/16, daily, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

  • Boat Rental: Same operating schedule as beach.

    *Please note that direct access to a lake is available for launching personal non-motorized boats. Trailers are not permitted.
  • Boathouse:
    Weekends:  Memorial Day to Labor Day, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    Weekdays:  end of June to Labor Day, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • A portion of the park is open for deer hunting during gun season.
  • 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.

Your key to all season enjoyment of state parks is our season's pass. For $65, the Empire Passport provides you unlimited day use vehicle entry into most of our parks. Apply on-line or call your favorite park for more information.

  • Beach/Swimming
  • Included in vehicle entry fee
  • Boat Rental
  • Rowboats:  $7/hour
    Kayaks and Canoes:  $10/hour
  • Campsites
  • $15-19/night

    *Additional $5/night for out-of-state patrons

  • 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.

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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