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Bowman Lake State Park, located in Chenango County in the state of New York, provides a serene and secluded environment ideal for recreational activities and camping. This "remote sylvan retreat" as it is aptly named, offers a relaxing getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Camping Information

  • Campsites: The Park features a range of camping options including tent and trailer sites, along with some cabins for rent.

  • Amenities: Basic amenities such as showers and restrooms are available. Each campsite typically comes with a picnic table and a fire ring.

  • Reservations: Campsite reservations can be made in advance, often through the state park's reservation system or website. It is advisable to book early, especially for peak seasons.

  • Season: The camping season at Bowman Lake typically runs from early spring through late fall, but you should check the exact dates as they can vary each year.


  • Hiking: With miles of trails, hiking is a favorite among visitors to Bowman Lake State Park. The trails wind through the park's scenic woods and fields.

  • Fishing: The lake is known for its fishing opportunities, stocked with species like bass, and the park often participates in the state's stocking program.

  • Swimming: There's a designated swimming area in the park, making it a popular spot in the summer.

  • Boating: While motorized boating is generally not permitted, the park is open to rowboats, canoes, and kayaks.

Local Rules and Regulations

  • Firewood Policy: Like many regions, to prevent the spread of invasive insects, the park may prohibit bringing in outside firewood. It's often required to purchase firewood from the local area or from the park itself.

  • Wildlife: To protect the wildlife, it's essential to never feed animals and to store food securely.

  • Alcohol Policy: Some state parks might have restrictions on alcohol consumption, so it's best to check the specific rules for Bowman Lake State Park.

  • Quiet Hours: Generally, state parks have designated quiet hours to ensure all guests have a peaceful stay—usually encompassing late evening to early morning hours.


  • Getting There: Bowman Lake State Park is typically accessible by road, with parking available on site.

  • Park Entry: There may be an entrance fee for the park, which sometimes can be covered by purchasing an annual state park pass.

Contact Information and Reservations

  • Park Office: Before visiting, it's a good idea to contact the park office for the latest information on conditions, restrictions, and amenities.

  • Official Website: More detailed information, such as reservation instructions, park maps, and event schedules, can often be found on the park's official website or the state's parks and recreation website.

Please note that details like fees, operating hours, and rules may change, so it is always best to check the latest information before planning your trip to Bowman Lake State Park.

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