Bowman Lake State Park is a remote sylvan retreat known as "a camper's paradise." Scenic park roads wind through evergreen and hardwood forests to shady campsites. There is a sandy lakefront for swimmers and sunbathers, with several picnic areas nearby. The lake is regularly stocked with trout, and birdwatchers can spot as many as 103 species of birds. The park also has a nature center that stocks a self-guiding trail brochure for those who wish to stroll the nature trail around the lake. In winter, snowmobilers and cross-country skiers enjoy outstanding scenery on eight miles of designated trails.
Bowman Lake State Park is located west of Oxford in the town of McDonough, in Chenango County.
Biking, boating, fishing, hiking, hunting, and winter snowmobiling and cross-country skiing are favorite activities here.
The park's beach, nature trail, tent and trailer campsites, picnic tables, playground, and showers are almost all accessible to disabled visitors.
There are many nearby state parks, including Gilbert Lake State Park, Hunt's Pond State Park, Oquaga Creek State Park, Chenango Valley State Park, and Glimmerglass State Park.