Birding at Cowan Lake State ParkWilmington, Ohio
Visiting this Site
Cowan Lake State Park
1750 Osborn Rd, Wilmington, OH 45177
DeLorme Page Number and Coordinates
(7th Edition and earlier) p.76 A-1
Nearest Town or City
Directions from Nearest Town or City
Southwest of Wilmington about 7 miles on Ohio 730 to spillway or U.S. 68 South, then West on Ohio 350 to several entrances.
About Cowan Lake State Park
Named an Important Bird Area by Ohio Audubon, Cowan Lake has 700 acres of water and 1,076 acres of land that includes upland deciduous forest, wetland and riparian corridor, with more than four miles of marked hiking trails. Lotus Trail is especially good for summer birding with a number of nesting warblers, vireos and other songbirds. Entrance to Lotus Trail is adjacent to the campground entrance on Osborn Road.
Open all year during daylight hours.
Numerous scattered around the park.
Hunting and fishing licenses and fees for boat docking.
Primitive facilities throughout park, flush toilets during summer in beach house and on campground.
Harmful Insects, Poisonous Plants, or Animals
Restaurants in the Area
The nearby Spillway Lodge, another restaurant across from the spillway, and many in and near Wilmington.
Other Birding Spots in the Area
Cowan Creek Road, Caesar Creek State Park, Stone Lick State Park, and Indian Creek State Wildlife Area.
Birds of Interest by Season
Red-shouldered Hawk, Bonaparte’s Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Common Loon, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Hooded Merganser, American Tree Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
Waterfowl and songbird migrants of the area. In the past year unexpected rarities included American Avocet, Franklin’s Gull, Caspian Tern, and Greater White-fronted Goose.
Nesters include Red-Shouldered and Red-tailed Hawks, Yellow-throated, Kentucky, Prothonotary, Cerulean, Prairie, and Blue-winged Warblers, White-eyed and Red-eyed Vireos, Louisiana Waterthrush and Red-headed Woodpecker.
Wilson’s Snipe, Killdeer, Great Egret, Least Sandpiper, Ruddy Duck, Gadwall, American Wigeon and other waterfowl and shorebird migrants.