Cowan Lake State Park offers a peaceful setting replete with scenic inlets laden with the American Lotus water lily. Swimming, fishing, sailing and canoeing are popular on the lake. Meandering trails through mature woodlands compliment the natural features of this scenic 1,075-acre park.
Cowan Lake was impounded by constructing a dam on Cowan Creek in 1950. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Recreation constructed this 692-acre lake for recreation. The lake is in the Little Miami River watershed and has a drainage area of 32,640 acres.
Cowan Lake has a maximum depth of 42 feet, with much of the water ranging from 10 to 25 feet deep. Prior to impoundment, the present lake bottom was mainly pastured fields. Several tree stumps were left standing in various areas during lake construction. Some standing trees remain in the upper end of the lake near the mouth of Cowan Creek.
Enjoy leisurely after work paddle on Cowan Lake. We can check out the progress of the lotus and paddle up Cowan Creek. The paddle will be approximately 1.5 - 2 hours and distance will be decided by the group.
We will meet promptly at 6:15 PM and unload boats at the ramp. We will head east up the Cowan Creek and maybe paddle out to Austin Island and watch the sun set.
If you are running late, please call. I will provide my cell number closer to the event time.
We will push off from the shoreline no later than 6:30 PM.
We should be out of the water 8:45 PM + or -.
Expect to spend about 2 hours on the water.
This paddle is suitable for paddlers with flat water experience. You must be 18 years of age or older and sign the liability waiver. Its not a hard paddle, however there are obstacles to maneuver.
• What You See
Birds, wildflowers, wildlife.
There are restrooms available a short drive from the boat ramp.
Bring water and snacks. We could have dinner and beverages after the paddle at Generations Pizza in Wilmington.
A boat that tracks well would be ideal, but not necessary. This is a flat water paddle and a recreational boat will do well.
• What to Bring
PFD / hat / water / sunscreen / bug spray / dry clothes / dry shoes / dry bag / towel and safety equipment. Be prepared.
PLEASE NOTE: I am not your guide. I am a friend to paddle with that has provided you with group companionship and kayaking opportunity.
**** US-68 is CLOSED at I-71!!!! Here are alternate directions taking Ohio 73 ****
Directions on Google Maps
From I-71 and Ohio 73
Head east on Ohio 73 E 5.9 mi
Take the US 68 ramp to Xenia/Wilmington
Turn right onto US-68 S/N South St
Continue to follow US-68 S 6.8 mi
Turn right toward OH-350 W (signs for Ohio 350 W) 400 ft
Take the 1st right onto OH-350 W 1.4 mi
Turn right onto Beechwood Rd 0.7 mi
Turn left 0.2 mi
End at parking lot for Cowan Lake Beechwood Rd Boat Ramp
Coordinates: 39°22'50.3"N 83°53'08.1"W
IF YOU GET TO THE RAMP NEAR THE PONTOON BOATS, KEEP FOLLOWING THE ROAD. THERE IS A SMALL RAMP ON THE RIGHT WITH A PARKING LOT UP ON SMALL BLUFF OVER LOOKING THE LAKE.
100 Lowes Dr Wilmington, OH 45177
Water and Weather Conditions
Harmful Algal Bloom Advisories
Weather - Wilmington, OH
MAPS AND INFORMATION
Cowan Lake State Park Map
Cowan Lake State Park
LIABILITY WAIVER REQUIRED
I will ask that you sign ACCIDENT WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY when you arrive for this event or you can update your profile to indicate your acceptance of the risk. I love you guys, but I love my family more. Additionally, I will ask that you provide emergency contact information that will be destroyed after the paddle.
This paddle will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather or unsuitable water conditions.
No guests on the sign up. Just ask your friends to sign up on Meet Up and RSVP to the paddle. In this, we ensure everyone has accepted the liability waiver. This protects everyone on the event.