Bowman Lake State Park
Oxford, NY

About Bowman Lake State Park

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  • Playground at the Beach

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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 that stocks a self-guiding trail brochure for those who wish to stroll the nature trail around the lake.

This campground offers a large number of larger, and more private campsite than other State/DEC campgrounds.

Bowman Lake has 172 campsite, 169 are reservable, none are on or near the water. There are no electric sites.

Bowman Lake Quick Peek 

Overview
  1. located 15 minutes north of Oxford, NY and 45 minutes east of Cortland, NY
  2. 172 campsites, none are on or near the water
  3. a large number of sites are huge with excellent privacy
  4. all sites are non-electric
  5. great for fishing, hiking, swimming, biking
  6. offers some seasonal sites
Campground Feature Summary
    Small lake. Small sandy beach. Large RV friendly sites. Large flat sites not directly by the water. Deep sites set back from the road. Mainly level sites. Fairly shaded sites. Semi-dense mostly pine tree cover. Very shaded sites. Very wooded. Few large RVs. Rustic feel. Some tent specific sites. Very busy during summer months / holiday weekends. Semi-private sites.

Camping Fees

Nightly camping fee $15 (all sites)
Out of state patrons surcharge $5/night

Camping Season Dates

Fri May 13, 2016 thru Sun Oct 9, 2016
Fri May 12, 2017 thru Sun Oct 8, 2017

Campgrounds Within a 60 Minute Drive

Chenango Valley: 30.7 miles, 41 min
Gilbert Lake: 34.4 miles, 55 min

Campgrounds Similar to Bowman Lake and What They Have in Common
(A current work in progress, streamlining ahead)

Fish Creek (Adirondack Park), 3 hours 55 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Large RV friendly sites. Some tent specific sites.
Rollins Pond (Adirondack Park), 4 hours 4 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Large RV friendly sites.
Watkins Glen (Finger Lakes), 1 hour 58 mins : Large RV friendly sites. Some tent specific sites.
Letchworth (Western New York), 3 hours 10 mins : Large RV friendly sites.
Eighth Lake (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 41 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach.
Lewey Lake (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 43 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach.
Buck Pond (Adirondack Park), 4 hours 26 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Rustic feel.
Fair Haven Beach (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 4 mins : Large RV friendly sites.
Wellesley Island (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 45 mins : Small sandy beach. Large RV friendly sites. Some tent specific sites.
Lake Durant (Adirondack Park), 3 hours 6 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Few large RVs. Rustic feel. Some tent specific sites.
Meacham Lake (Adirondack Park), 4 hours 28 mins : Small lake. Large RV friendly sites. Rustic feel. Some tent specific sites.
Limekiln Lake (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 38 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Some tent specific sites.
Cranberry Lake (Adirondack Park), 3 hours 35 mins : Small sandy beach. Some tent specific sites.
Northampton Beach (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 36 mins : Large RV friendly sites. Semi-dense mostly pine tree cover.
Caroga Lake (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 15 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Rustic feel. Some tent specific sites.
Moffitt Beach (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 29 mins : Small lake. Few large RVs. Some tent specific sites.
Verona Beach (Central New York), 1 hour 27 mins : Small sandy beach.
Nicks Lake (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 19 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach.
Delta Lake (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 41 mins : Small lake. Large RV friendly sites.
Lake Eaton (Adirondack Park), 3 hours 19 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Few large RVs. Rustic feel. Some tent specific sites.
Lake Harris (Adirondack Park), 3 hours 37 mins : Small lake. Few large RVs. Rustic feel. Some tent specific sites.
Higley Flow (Adirondack Park), 3 hours 53 mins : Small sandy beach. Large RV friendly sites. Semi-dense mostly pine tree cover.
Coles Creek (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 3 hours 44 mins : Small sandy beach. Large RV friendly sites.
Kring Point (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 53 mins : Small sandy beach. Large RV friendly sites.
Southwick Beach (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 11 mins : Large RV friendly sites.
Jacques Cartier (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 3 hours 6 mins : Large RV friendly sites.
Taylor Pond (Adirondack Park), 4 hours 25 mins : Small lake. Rustic feel. Some tent specific sites.
Wilmington Notch (Adirondack Park), 4 hours 11 mins : Rustic feel. Some tent specific sites.
Westcott Beach (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 19 mins : Large RV friendly sites.
Hamlin Beach (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 3 hours 1 min : Large RV friendly sites.
Brown Tract Pond (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 43 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Few large RVs. Rustic feel. Some tent specific sites.
Golden Beach (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 51 mins : Rustic feel.
Selkirk Shores (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 1 hour 56 mins : Small sandy beach. Large RV friendly sites. Some tent specific sites.
Robert Moses (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 4 hours 3 mins : Large RV friendly sites.
Ausable Point (Adirondack Park), 4 hours 17 mins : Large RV friendly sites.
Cedar Point (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 43 mins : Large RV friendly sites. Some tent specific sites.
Point Comfort (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 14 mins : Small sandy beach. Rustic feel. Some tent specific sites.
Keuka Lake (Finger Lakes), 2 hours 32 mins : Small sandy beach. Large RV friendly sites.
Sampson (Finger Lakes), 2 hours 0 mins : Small sandy beach. Large RV friendly sites.
Lakeside Beach (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 3 hours 19 mins : Large RV friendly sites.
Cayuga Lake (Finger Lakes), 1 hour 54 mins : Large RV friendly sites. Some tent specific sites.
Little Sand Point (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 17 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Rustic feel. Some tent specific sites.
Rogers Rock (Adirondack Park), 3 hours 37 mins : Some tent specific sites.
Gilbert Lake (Central New York), 55 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Large RV friendly sites.
Robert H Treman (Finger Lakes), 1 hour 27 mins : Large RV friendly sites.
Moreau Lake (Central New York), 2 hours 42 mins : Small lake. Some tent specific sites.
Glimmerglass (Central New York), 1 hour 25 mins : Large RV friendly sites.
North South Lake (Catskills / Taconic), 2 hours 21 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach.
Chenango Valley (Central New York), 41 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach.
Fillmore Glen (Finger Lakes), 1 hour 8 mins : Large RV friendly sites.
Mongaup Pond (Catskills / Taconic), 2 hours 2 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Large RV friendly sites.
Golden Hill (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 3 hours 37 mins : Large RV friendly sites.
Grass Point (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 39 mins : Small sandy beach. Large RV friendly sites.
Lincoln Pond (Adirondack Park), 3 hours 52 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Few large RVs. Rustic feel. Some tent specific sites.
Long Point (1000 Islands / Lake Ontario), 2 hours 53 mins : Large RV friendly sites.
Thompsons Lake (Catskills / Taconic), 2 hours 5 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Some tent specific sites.
Crown Point (Adirondack Park), 4 hours 0 mins : Large RV friendly sites.
Schodack Island (Catskills / Taconic), 2 hours 26 mins : Small lake. Large RV friendly sites.
Putnam Pond (Adirondack Park), 3 hours 44 mins : Small lake. Small sandy beach. Few large RVs. Rustic feel. Some tent specific sites.

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Bowman Lake photos were taken in the spring on May 17, 2016. As such consider that the leaves on the trees are not fully out. If you are camping at Bowman Lake in the summer, you can assume that there will be more shade and site privacy on sites that have deciduous trees.
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