Bowman Lake at Bowman Lake State Park

Bowman Lake State Park

Bowman Lake State Park is a 966 acre secluded forest and retreat known as "a camper's paradise."

The road that winds into the park is lined with evergreens and hardwood trees. There is a sandy lakefront area for swimmers and sunbathers, with a nearby picnic area. The lake generally is stocked with trout and around 100 species of birds can be spotted around the park. 

In winter, Bowman Lake State Park can still be enjoyed by snowmobilers and cross-country skiers with 13 miles of trails to explore.

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Image Credit: John Rozell / New York State Parks


Park Office Hours:

  • Friday/Saturday 9 am to 9 pm
  • Sunday - Thursday 9 am to 7 pm

Please call ahead

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)


Vehicle Entrance Fee:

  • Cars:  $5
  • Non-Commercial Bus Fee:  $35
  • Commercial Bus Fee:  $75
  • Seasonal Bus Permit:  $75


  • Included in vehicle entry fee

Boat Rental:

  • Rowboats:  $7/hour, $20/day and $80/week
  • Kayaks and Canoes:  $10/hour, $35/day
  • Double Kayaks:  $15/hour, $45/day


  • $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.


  • Nature Center Shelter (capacity 49):
    •    Weekdays:  $40
    •    Weekend:  $75
  • Shelter (capacity 74):
    • Weekdays:  $40
    • Weekends:  $75
  • Shelter (w/VUF bundles):
    • Weekdays:  $60
    • Weekends:  $135


  • Biking
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Recreation Programs (Accessible)
  • Snowmobiling
  • X-Country Skiing

Water Flow Info:


  • 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)


Accessible amenities are listed below:

  • Camper Recreation
  • Picnic Tables
  • Showers
  • Tent/Trailer Sites


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.


Last updated: September 20, 2019