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Cowan Lake State Park

Wilmington, Ohio


1750 Osborn Rd
Wilmington, Ohio 45177
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Sites: 237
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 39.38886
Longitude: -83.88353

Elevation: 1030' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • 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 (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • 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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19 Reviews

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $33.00
Overall Rating:

Pleasant stay. Lots of short trails. Small swimming beach. Good lake for sailing. We camped at Cowan Lake State Park in a Tent Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
229
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my tent trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There's ice cream at the camp commissary!

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Nice park. No one-day reservations on weekends. Old bathroom but clean. Lots of families at campground. Lake has American Lotus, a type of water lily. We camped at Cowan Lake State Park in a Tent Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Site 10
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my tent trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

A lot of the sites in other loops are unshaded

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Review Count: 35
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Electric good, well keep grounds, campground nearly empty, lots of lakefront though sites are not near water. Small beach but pleasant stay. Road to state park is quite twisty and not much to do nearby unless you are a boater or first-person at the lake. We camped at Cowan Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
208
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Since it was not busy so lots of walk-in sites, drive around to pick spot...a big mix of poorly drained sites or unravel one's...so, be picky for a good site. No WIFI, barely cell phone bars. WIFI booster didn`t locate any other signals.

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

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

Nice state park. There are shady spots, but many trees have been removed due to ash borer. Some spots remain very muddy. Only electric at sites. Water available near by, dump station available. Remodeled camp store very nice. Great ice cream at the camp store too. We camped at Cowan Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

We were camping here for four nights. Restrooms were filthy with large mold spots on ceiling, that were never cleaned. Cigarette butts, shaver caps, and dental floss accumulated on floor and never removed. Walls and floor filthy. Cleaning consisted of custodian walking in with little broom and walking out with trash bag. Nice programs for children and nice sites. Sent 2 letters to Ohio parks about dirty restrooms and showers, 3 weeks passed with no replies. We camped at Cowan Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2011 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

Cowan Lake Campground is average for an Ohio State Park. We stayed the second weekend of April, only the showerhouse and restrooms were open. Both were clean (other than cobwebs in the windows) and in working order. The non-pet section is nicer, though a large majority of those sites are not level. Bring an outdoor rug if staying in the pet section. We camped at Cowan Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

We had a large shady site. We stayed during the week and there were very few campers there and it was quiet and peaceful. The restroom and shower house were disappointing. The restroom had a strong smell of cat urine. The cleaning routine seemed to consist of emptying the trash and replenishing the toilet paper. There were tons of spiders, bugs and spider webs. The shower house had a strong odor of cigarette smoke. Again, lots of spider webs and bugs. It didn't look to have been cleaned thoroughly recently. The campground had its own beach which was nice. The lake had some seaweed in it and the water was green, which might have been because of the 90 degree weather. The personnel were friendly and helpful. The store had a restaurant which offered reasonably priced fast food. Because of the restrooms and shower house, we would not stay here again. We camped at Cowan Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2010 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed at Cowan Lake State Park with our little dog the first weekend in June. We had heard good things about the park. We camped in the pet area of the campground, and were not impressed at all. It is very wooded, so there was basically no grass on our site. It was nice and shady, but also nice and muddy. It looked to us like almost every site in the pet designated area was about the same. The restroom was the dirtiest I've seen in the state parks we've visited. We were here for 3 days, and it was not cleaned once during that time. There was a strong urine smell which was not at all pleasant. What really upset me, though, was driving through the non pet area, and seeing just how beautiful it was. I felt like I had entered a different park. Beautiful mowed grass, lots of huge shade trees, spacious campsites, and no mud. I felt like we were discriminated against because we have a dog. We have not encountered this at any other state park. I doubt if we will go back, and I know we won't go with our dog. We camped at Cowan Lake State Park in a Tent Trailer.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2009 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

We camped in the pet-friendly area so it was highly wooded. We thought we were getting a "lake-view" spot but the numbering on the sites is similar to the cabins so we were mistaken. We went to the front office and picked another site (near restrooms) as the corresponding site number was undesirable and they were very helpful. This is a state park so we had no water/sewer, but knew this in advance. The restrooms near us were clean-ish, meaning "usable" but bring a flashlight. The showers were warm and fairly clean. Make no mistake, you won't get "commercial"-quality amenities but it's good for a state park. The campground was very spacious, the store well-stocked, neighbors were quiet, good roads, beautiful lake and large, ample play areas for our 4 kids. We will stay here again. We camped at Cowan Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2009 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

We go here alot because it is close to home. The price creeps up every year but no improvements are made. The airplane traffic has gone down significantly since DHL has laid off the entire town of Wilmington. This place is alot of fun for the Halloween weekend. The same park ranger is always there but you don't see him much. Watch out for raccoons and skunks. We camped at Cowan Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2008 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

Second time we've camped at this park, this site was very small, pad listed as 66 feet, but a 28 foot trailer and an Expedition wouldn't fit on the pad. Bathrooms needed some work, paint and cleaning. The Showers were OK, but hot water lasted 3-5 minutes, and we tried for a hot shower at three different times throughout the day. The Dump station was very nice, near the trash, and easily accessible. We camped at Cowan Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2008 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

We have camped at Cowan Lake on several occasions, so we knew what to expect. Large sites with plenty of tall, established trees provide good shading. Showers and restrooms are a bit dated, but have always been clean during our visits. Weekends during the summer they show a "family oriented" movie - a nice touch for those camping with children. We camped at Cowan Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2007 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

We love our local state park campground! We camp here frequently every summer. We camped for a week on site # 172 which is right beside a water spigot and a grey water dump basin. This allows us to stay and not have to use the dump station to get rid of our grey water. This is a beautiful campground and is perfect for bike riding and just plain walking! It is always clean and well kept. Never have had any problems while staying here. We camped at Cowan Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2007 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

The sites at this campground are fairly large and well spaced with lots of shade trees. I don't know if things would be better farther into the season, but we were disappointed that the campground store was not open, and the bathrooms were in desperate need of a good cleaning including putting working locks on the doors, a new paint job to cover all of the peeling paint and removing the numerous cobwebs and dead bugs. The playground equipment was in poor repair and the beach was in need of a good round of weed killer and perhaps a few loads of new sand. We stayed for two nights and the restrooms were not cleaned at all the entire time that we were there, which made them pretty nasty by Sunday morning. Also, the shower house was fairly clean in comparison to the restrooms, but all of the windows were still locked shut for the winter which made showering on an 80 plus degree day rather hot and miserable! We would consider staying here again maybe later in the season to give it another chance, but have stayed at much nicer state campgrounds so would return to them before returning to Cowan Lake. We camped at Cowan Lake State Park in a Tent Trailer.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2007 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

My wife and I camped in our 28' Trailer, in the Pet area. We had a site listed as 'Slight Slope', and 'Afternoon Sun'. The slight slope was exactly right, not enough to be a problem, if you had a few blocks for the jacks. The site had lots of trees, very tall, and provided lots of shade, there was some afternoon sun, but not much. The bathrooms were a little dated, and I cleaned the shower head to improve water flow! Otherwise, the bathrooms and facilities were in good shape, pretty clean, and the wife was even happy with the showers. We camped at Cowan Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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