Bowman Lake State Park RV & Campground Guide

New York

Located in Oxford, NY, Bowman Lake State Park is a beautiful Chenango County state park known as a camper’s paradise. During the summer, this state park is usually packed with people hiking, relaxing, eating, or engaging in water activities like fishing, boating, and swimming. The sandy beach also has boat launches, so if you’re a dedicated boater with your own watercraft, consider bringing it for a day spent out on the water. There are also multiple playgrounds spread out across the state park for kids, and there are routes for bikers to take. This is an all-year state park, and during the winter, there are snowshoeing and snowmobile opportunities. 

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Spring 40-65 F
Summer 65-85 F
Fall 45-70 F
Winter 20-45 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Bowman Lake State Park

Bowman Lake has plenty of camping opportunities, but why camp out in a cabin or a tent when you can relax and socialize in style? RVs are very diverse; you can have a trailer that you pull along or use a motorhome that drives under its own power. Some vehicles, like Class A motorhomes and fifth-wheel trailers, even have truly glamorous amenities. If you decide to try an RVing trip, consider renting a vehicle from RVshare.

Tall Pines Campground & River Adventures

One of the best aspects of making an RV trip and staying at Tall Pines Campground & River Adventures is you have options; they have three dedicated campgrounds in Cooperstown, Binghamton, and Oneonta that are all within 50 miles of Bowman Lake State Park. They feature full hookups on several sites, and there are even riverfront sites. While there, you can also check out places like Chippy’s Restaurant when you’re looking to grab some food that you don’t have to prepare.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: No

  • Other amenities: River paddling, horseshoes, volleyball, and a pool

Lizzie’s Campground Corporation

Located in South New Berlin, Lizzie’s Campground Corporation is about a 28-minute drive from the state park. Wide-open spaces are what Lizzie’s is all about; many of the sites are on grassland, so you’ll be able to see all around you while you camp. The campground is located on the Unadilla River, making it very easy to engage in water sports even before you make it out to the lake. Lizzie’s is primarily open in the summer.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Community BBQ grill, picnic areas, and fire pits

New Echo Lake Resort

At around a 30-minute drive from the park, you’ll find another lakeside location that you and your family will enjoy. The New Echo Lake Resort is located on its namesake lake and has a pavilion, a general store, stage structures for your events, and just about every kind of RV hookup. The campground also has multiple events throughout the year, and there are several RV sites in which to park your vehicle.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: No

  • Other amenities: Pavilion and spaces for corporate events

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What to Do at
Bowman Lake State Park

Inside Bowman Lake State Park

Some interesting activities to consider here are bicycling, boating, and fishing on the lake itself. If you like to hunt, Bowman Lake has dedicated areas with a specialized hunting map so that you know where to seek game. Hikers will have multiple options as there are a small trail map and a large trail map that span the park’s 966 acres. There’s also bird-watching opportunities aplenty; in fact, they have a dedicated map for tracking birds here as well.

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How to Get to
Bowman Lake State Park

From Norwich, NY, take Country Road 10A and continue on Bogers Road until you reach the state park.

Entering Bowman Lake State Park

Bowman Lake State Park is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Bowman Lake State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Bowman Lake State Park?

The best time of year to visit Bowman Lake State Park is the summer because of the numerous activities. The lake will be freshly stocked with brook and rainbow trout. Swimmers and sunbathers can enjoy a sandy beach where kayak rentals are available. The hiking and biking trails will be dry.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Bowman Lake State Park?

Bowman Lake State Park is known for its birds. The park offers a free spotting checklist with over 70 species on it. Hikers may see red foxes, white-tailed deer, and gray squirrels.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Bowman Lake State Park?

There are 150 RV campsites. There is a mix of pull-through and back-in spots for RVs between 20 and 50 feet. It is dry camping, but the park has a water and dump station, showers, and restrooms.

Do you have to reserve a camping spot at Bowman Lake State Park and what is the cost?

Yes, you must make reservations. You can make them on the same day you plan on arriving if you place it before 3 P.M. The introductory rate is $15 a night. This fee can change depending on the season. The peak camping season is May through September.

Are pets allowed at Bowman Lake State Park?

A maximum of two pets per RV site are allowed at Bowman Lake State Park. Owners must provide proof of rabies vaccination at check-in. The staff may request to see inoculation records at any time. Rabies tags are not accepted as proof of immunization.