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Thursday Evening Lake Paddle - Cowan Lake

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.

• Start

We will push off from the shoreline no later than 6:30 PM.

• Finish

We should be out of the water 8:45 PM + or -.

• Duration

Expect to spend about 2 hours on the water.

• Difficulty

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.

• Restrooms

There are restrooms available a short drive from the boat ramp.

• Food

Bring water and snacks.  We could have dinner and beverages after the paddle at Generations Pizza in Wilmington.

• Equipment

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


Après-Paddle Directions

Generations Pizzeria

100 Lowes Dr Wilmington, OH 45177



Water and Weather Conditions

Beach Advisories

Harmful Algal Bloom Advisories

Weather - Wilmington, OH



Cowan Lake State Park Map

Cowan Lake State Park



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.



Sunrise: 6:34am

Sunset: 8:50pm



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.

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  • MaryKay

    Very nice relaxing evening on the water with some good company. Thanks Rob for setting this one up.

    1 · August 1, 2014

  • Kenny

    Thanks Rob! Another fine paddle with a great group of friends new and old. The pizza and beer was pretty darn good too!

    2 · August 1, 2014

  • Rob E.

    Thanks everyone for coming out for a beautiful evening on the lake. Once again, the Cowan sunsets did not disappoint!

    2 · August 1, 2014

    • Eben K.

      Rob, Thanks again for coordinating this with Kenny. Both Cowan and Kiser are tops on my list for great flat water kayaking experiences.

      1 · August 1, 2014

  • Ruth

    I just like you guys. :)

    4 · August 1, 2014

  • Joy

    Awesome, thanks Rob for organizing.

    1 · July 31, 2014

  • Kd K


    2 · July 31, 2014

  • George D.

    Rob, not going to make it. George

    July 31, 2014

  • George D.

    I will be late. Are you going up the creek first, or heading to the island and beach first?

    July 31, 2014

    • Rob E.

      We will be in the lotus and then the creek, island toward the end.

      1 · July 31, 2014

  • Karlos D.

    Long day and cannot make it tonite. 8-(

    July 31, 2014

  • Kd K

    I am going to go a bit early and paddle over from the other ramp. I have a blue Old Town Otter. See you there!

    1 · July 31, 2014

  • Rindy

    Looks like I have to work later than expected. Will have to meet everyone on the next paddle...

    July 30, 2014

  • Kenny

    Anyone want to carpool? I will be leaving from South Dayton. Would not mind some company and to save a few $ on petrol.

    July 28, 2014

    • Ruth

      Still looking for a ride? I'm south of Dayton near Rts 73 and 48. Text me if that works.

      July 29, 2014

    • Kenny

      Works for me. Thank you.

      July 29, 2014

  • Rob E.

    Hey everyone! Last time I went to Cowan, US 68 was about to be closed at I71 through August. I have placed alternate directions using Ohio 73 into Wilmington on the meetup details. Let me know if there are any questions. Thanks and see everyone Thursday.

    2 · July 29, 2014

9 went

  • Rob E.
    Donating Member 2015, 2016, 2017, Co-Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Eben K.
    Donating Member 2015
  • MaryKay
    Donating Member 2015
  • Kenny
    Donating Member 2015, 2016, 2017, Organizer
  • Joy
    Donating Member 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Ruth
    Donating Member 2015, 2016, 2017

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