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Bowman Lake State Park

Oxford, New York


745 Bliven Sherman Rd
Oxford, New York 13830
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Sites: 198
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 42.51649
Longitude: -75.67748

Elevation: 1687' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access no
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault ?
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails ?
  • Rec Room Rec Room ?
  • Casino Casino ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Beach Beach ?
  • Biking Biking ?
  • Boating Boating ?
  • Golf Golf ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf ?
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access ?

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4 Reviews

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $19.00
Overall Rating:

Love camping here because it's away from EVERYTHING. Sitting by the campfire, you hear nature. With no electric sites, the only light is given by your campfires and lanterns. It's a pretty unique experience.

The roads needs to be redone, and the showers could be updated, but for those wanting to be immersed in nature, you can't beat it. We camped at Bowman Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $19.00
Overall Rating:

Great helpful staff. Activities for kids (fishing derby). Lots of privacy. Cheap wood (4 pieces for $1.00). Very limited showers. No hot water for dishes, no dish wash station so take something along. Very quiet and patrolled often. Kayak rental is reasonable. Beach is sand but water was not real clear, still better than most lakes as far as seaweed. Most of the sites are on a hill so be prepared to walk. We enjoyed ourselves you just have to be prepared for dishes & lack of shower facilities. It is a nice campground. We camped at Bowman Lake State Park in a Tent.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Dirt, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $19.00
Overall Rating:

Bowman Lake State Park (BLSP) is billed as a "camper's paradise" on the website. I don't know about paradise, but our experience here was pretty good. Getting there - if you are coming from the north or east, your GPS receiver will take you on some unpaved back roads that aren't very trailer-friendly. Stay on NY12 southbound *past Norwich* down to Oxford, and then turn right onto NY220, then left onto Bliven-Sherman Rd., which will take you right into camp. This route is longer, but will keep you on paved roads. Also note - there is basically NO cellular reception at BLSP - with my Wilson booster, I was able to get enough signal to make an emergency call on my Verizon phone, but could not get any signal at all from AT&T. This is either a plus or a minus, depending on your perspective. On to the park itself. The campsites at BLSP are a good size for tenting and trailers up to the 25-foot range, and we had no major difficulty leveling our rig. Sites are nicely separated with forest in between them, so if you're looking for a quiet/private camping experience, this is a good place to go. Each site has a brick fireplace with a metal grate, which is handy if you like to cook on the campfire. The bathroom facilities are dated, but are very well maintained and kept clean. There is only one shower facility; we didn't use it so we can't comment on it. There were scheduled arts/crafts activities for the kids on Saturday morning, which they enjoyed. The swimming area is small but pleasant; they also offer rentals of canoes, kayaks and rowboats for a reasonable fee. No water or electricity at any of the sites, but water faucets are easily available around the park, and those with trailers or RVs can fill their freshwater tanks at the dump station. Only major gripe with the park was that the roads/parking lots are in poor repair, which meant we had to do some artful dodging as we brought our trailer in. We camped at Bowman Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2006 - $19.00
Overall Rating:

Bowman Lake State Park is touted as a 'campers paradise' in their brochure. For us, this was definitely the case. The campsites were large, shaded and very private and best of all, less than 1/3 of the sites were booked, leaving lots of 'elbowroom' from other campers. The lake is small, and is designated for non-motorized boats only, meaning canoes, rowboats (no motor of any kind) kayaks etc. This kept the campground quiet enough to hear the woodpeckers echoing in the canopy above and the sounds of crackling fires popping in the distance. While there are no electric or water hookups on sites, the effort you'll spend in advance planning for water and battery power will be well worth your while in what you'll discover in privacy, peace quiet and nature appreciation at it's best. The campground offers playgrounds and lifeguarded beaches for little ones, a concession stand that is very affordably priced and whose menu is plenty diverse, lots of hiking and biking trails and a boat house with rowboats and kayaks to rent. Rates midweek are $15.75 for first night and $13.00 each night thereafter and weekend/holiday rates are $18.75 for first night and $16.00 each night there after. There is NO minimum stay requirements. We enjoyed our stay there tremendously and will return many more times! We camped at Bowman Lake State Park in a Tent Trailer.

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