Bowman Lake State Park Overview
With one mile of the main Finger Lakes Trail inside Bowman Lake State Park, thru hikers will enjoy its scenic roads amid evergreen and hardwood forests – a favorite passage for many along the length of the trail, however brief.
Heading south, hikers will see a Finger Lakes Trail junction sign pointing in the direction of the Berry Hill Fire Tower, about 2.8 miles north of the park. This is a definite ‘photo opp‘ along the trail and affords those who make the climb incredible panoramic views of surrounding forests and the foothills of the Catskill Mountains in the distance.
Returning to the main Finger Lakes Trail, hikers should continue south to enter Bowman Lake State Park. Shortly after entering the park, a junction at the Kopac Trail will veer right, leading toward the Kopac Trail tent site at Whaley Lake.
Camping in Bowman Lake State Park
Thru-hikers can choose from two main campsites in Bowman Lake State Park.
The first is a tent site located just off of the blue-blazed Kopac Trail, which offers a picturesque and secluded setting on Whaley Lake.
Alternatively, hikers can choose from over 150 campsites and seven cabins at the Bowman Lake State Park campground, located directly on the shores of Bowman Lake.
For camping reservations, visit the Bowman Lake State Park website or call 607.334.2718 for more information.
- Fire Ring
- Boat Rentals
- Nature Center
- Spring: 21°F - 69°F
- Summer: 51°F - 81°F
- Fall: 28°F - 72°F
- Winter: 11°F - 36°F
- Berry Hill Fire Tower
- Bowman Lake
- Whaley Lake
Bowman Lake is said to be home to as many as 103 species of birds, including geese, ducks, finches, warblers, hawks, and woodpeckers.