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Bowman Lake State Park
Description: Scenic park roads wind through evergreen and hardwood forests. A lake that is stocked annually with trout is located here, and birdwatchers can spot as many as 103 species of birds. In winter, snowmobilers and crosscountry skiers enjoy the added benefit of outstanding scenery on 8 miles of designated trails.

Wildlife to Watch: Lucky visitors may encounter a wide variety of wildlife, including whitetailed deer, red foxes, woodchucks, raccoons, eastern gray squirrels, cottontail rabbits, beavers, geese, ducks, finches, warblers, hawks or woodpeckers. Bald eagles and northern river otters have sometimes been spotted.

Special Tips: The park is open year-round, but hours vary by season. There is a vehicle entrance fee. Hunting is allowed in designated areas during deer season.

607-334-2718, 745 Bliven Sherman Road, Oxford, NY 13830


Other Activities: In addition to the designated cross-country skiing and snowmobile trails, gently rolling terrain offers hiking and nature trails to be enjoyed during warmer months.

Ownership: NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation 
Size: 660 acres 
Closest Town: Oxford

RestroomsParkingTent CampingFishingCross Country SkiingHikingHuntingLarge BoatsDrinking WaterSwimming

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Northern Flicker - Photo by Gerry Lemmo
Please see map link below

Driving Directions:
From Binghamton, take I-81 N to exit 6. Take US 11 toward NY-12/ Nimmonsburg/ Chenango Bridge. Turn right onto US 11 N/Upper Front St. Continue onto NY-12 N. Turn left onto Lafayette Park. Continue onto W. State St. Turn right onto NY-220 W/Butler St. to Oxford. Take a slight right onto Bliven Rd./ Steere Rd. Turn left onto Bliven Sherman Rd.

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Bowman Lake State Park : Wildlife Viewing Area