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Bowman Lake

Bowman Lake is a small water body located in Bowman Lake State Park, Chenango County. This small lake is a popular fishing location for campers staying in the park during the spring and summer.

Physical Features:

Elevation: 1600 feet
Area: 34 acres
Shoreline Length: 1 mile
Length: 0.4 miles
Maximum Depth: 15 feet
Town: McDonough

Aquatic Plant Life:

A fair amount of aquatic vegetation can be found around the edge of the lake.


Bowman Lake State Park. Shore access, boat launch and boat rentals. No motors allowed on the lake, and a free permit is required to use the launch. For more information contact Bowman Lake State Park at (607)-334-2718 or click on their offsite link in the right hand column.

Fish Species:

Rainbow trout, brook trout, largemouth bass, black crappie, pumpkinseed sunfish, bluegill, and brown bullhead.


Most anglers target the trout during spring and early-summer shortly after they're stocked.


Special fishing regulations apply (leaving DEC website to official Fishing Regulations Guide vendor website).

Fisheries Management:

Bowman Lake is stocked annually with approximately 700 yearling brook trout (8-9") and 1,500 yearling rainbow trout (8-9"). Bowman Lake was stocked in the summer of 2006 with largemouth bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, bluegill, black crappie and brown bullhead.

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