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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Weather
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

RV Rentals Near Bowman Lake State Park

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Restaurants

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.

Outside Bowman Lake State Park

Bowman Lake has a ton of things to do outside the park. This is partially because this is lake country, and there are several lakes in the area that you can visit for fun and sightseeing opportunities. There are also some great eateries in the area that you should consider when you aren’t looking to cook. 

Restaurants

Wild Owl Café

The Wild Owl Café has a varied menu that includes food like the crab melt, the Vermont-style chicken salad wrap, and a delicious BBQ brisket sandwich. The eatery also offers catering and vegetarian options as well.

Type: American

Location: 28 South Broad Street, Norwich, NY 13815

San Ho Chinese Kitchen

For those looking for Asian cuisine, San Ho Chinese Kitchen has traditional favorites like moo goo gai pan, chicken lo mein, and sesame chicken. San Ho is located in Norwich, which is about 20 minutes from the lake.

Type: Chinese

Location: 23 South Broad Street, Norwich, NY 13815

Nina’s Pizzeria and Restaurant

Nina’s isn’t just about pizza; you can pick up varied options like bruschetta, steamed clams, and fried zucchini here, as well as the occasional pie. For those watching their calories, they also have a dedicated salad menu with antipasto and cobb salads.

Type: Italian

Location: 32 South Broad Street, Norwich, NY 13815

Park Place Sports Bar & Grill

You can purchase meals for any time of day at Park Place Sports Bar & Grill. They have options for appetizers and entrees, and there’s even a dedicated kids menu for the tykes.

Type: Bar, Grill

Location: 7 East Park PI, Norwich, NY 13815

Charlie's Diner

Sometimes a great burger really can make your day, and this kind of diner-style food is Charlie’s specialty. This restaurant, which is located in Norwich on Main Street, will provide you with some down-home cooking that includes options such as a delicious meatloaf and a tasty burger.

Type: Diner

Location: 47 E Main St, Norwich, NY 13815

Shopping

Walmart Supercenter

When you need odds and ends, the Norwich Walmart Supercenter is a good option while you camp. At this superstore, you can buy food or items to customize or enhance your RV.

Location: 5396 NY-12, Norwich, NY 13815

Chenango Towne Center Plaza

Chenango Towne Center Plaza is a shopping mall with multiple stores for those who need various items while in the Norwich area. For example, there’s a Visionworks for eyeglasses and a bowling alley for those looking for a little entertainment.

Location: 5631 NY-12, Norwich, NY 13815

Blueox Neighborhood Market in Oxford

The Blueox Neighborhood Market in Oxford is the closest grocery store to the state park and is open 24 hours a day. Outside of groceries, there is diesel fuel, a propane exchange and filling station, and a market with fresh foods available for purchase.

Location: 36 North Canal Street, Oxford, NY 13830

Seasons Gift Shop

It’s easy to find knickknacks at a place like Seasons Gift Shop. They specialize in items that will enhance your home or RV, including serving boards, cooking accessories, and candles.

Location: 41 South Broad Street, Norwich, NY 13815

McLaughlin’s Department Store

McLaughlin’s Department Store specializes in apparel and accessories, so if you need footwear, clothes, or bags, this is a good place to visit in Norwich. They’ve been in business for 45 years and are a fixture in the area.

Location: 27 South Broad Street, Norwich, NY 13815

Sightseeing

Northeast Classic Car Museum

The Northeast Classic Car Museum highlights some of the most important models in automobile history. They don't only feature the cars you’d expect; they have a dedicated tractors section, and they also have a postwar collection.

Location: 24 Rexford Street, Norwich, NY 13815

Lyon Brook State Forest

Lyon Brook State Forest has rich evergreens and a variety of wildlife. The park also allows for fishing, and there are miles of trails to explore.

Location: 571 Wahlberg Road, Norwich, NY 13815

Chenango County Council-Arts

The Chenango County Council-Arts is dedicated to education, and there are exhibits and showcases throughout the season.

Location: 27 West Main Street, Norwich, NY 13815

Animal Adventure Park

The natural world is the specialty of Animal Adventure Park, where you can see several a variety of species from around the world. They also host events throughout the year, including Jungle Bells.

Location: 85 Martin Hill Road, Harpursville, NY 13787

Wolf Mountain Nature Center

The Wolf Mountain Nature Center loves wolves, and here, you’ll find residents like Tauriel, the two-year-old timber wolf. They are only open on Sundays, so visit them while you’re in the area.

Location: 562 Hopkins Crandall Road, Smyrna, NY 13464

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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.

Per vehicle (1-4 adults) : $0

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