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Cowan Lake State Park

1756 Osborn Rd, Wilmington, Ohio 45177 USA

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  • Outdoor
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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. The Cowan Lake region was once a stronghold of the Miami and Shawnee Indians. After their defeat at the hands of General Anthony Wayne at the Battle of Fallen Timbers, the Indian threat subsided and settlement began here. In 1797, the first settler in the area, William Smalley, began clearing land for his home along the river which was later dammed to form Cowan Lake. Smalley had been captured by the Indians when he was a small child and was forced to live with them until he was twenty years old. He later fought in General Wayne's army and was recaptured, but luckily escaped with his life. Cowan Creek was named for the area's first surveyor, John Cowan. A dam was completed across Cowan Creek in 1950, and in 1968, Cowan Lake was dedicated as a state park. Photo from: http://www.avidkayak.com

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Reviewed by
Dave Doster

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July 03, 2016
Rated 4.0

Cowan Lake is the home of the Cowan Lake Sailing Association. Every Sunday from April - Oct at 1:45pm you can see the sailing fleet race. Because the lake is so small, the racing course takes up most of the lake, so you should be able to observe from any location on the shore, however the Public Beach or the Campground launch ramp are probably the best. The windier it is, the more interesting it gets.

If sailing is in your blood, come check out club (CLSA) on the south shore of the lake. Just show up around noon on Sunday and see if anyone needs crew! It's very informal. On windy days, the extra weight is appreciated!!

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Cowan Lake State Park

1756 Osborn Rd
Wilmington, Ohio
45177 USA

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  • Independent
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • No Wifi
  • Private Parking
  • RV Parking
  • Yes Parking
  • 250 Camp Sites
  • Dump Station
  • Showers

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