Kayaking Cowan Lake

Cowan Lake is a great campground in Southwest Ohio, but lacks much in the way of hiking trails. There are a few short jaunts great for families or casual strollers, but avid hikers will be disappointed. However, a late summer visit is a must for any nature enthusiast with access to a paddle boat.

Cowan is always great for kayaking or canoeing as the lake is restricted to 10 horsepower motors. It is actually home to a sailing club that takes advantage of the often strong winds. In July and August the true beauty of the lake comes into effect as the lotus flowers bloom, creating pathways lined by giant lily pads.

In my first trip I spent nearly an hour paddling from the campground to the east end of the lake in search of the lotus cove. I had a great trip, but when I returned to the boat ramp, I found that another cove was located just on the other side of the swim beach. The two areas I have explored are are circled on the map below. Both are fantastic and I would suggest whichever is closest to the ramp from which one departs.

It is astounding to think that such an exotic flower is native to Ohio. These giant blooms tower over the kayak.

Everyone who has kayaked with me have enjoyed the experience. Well, except for Blue who greatly preferred to hang on the shore.

“Whenever you should doubt your self-worth, remember the lotus flower. Even though it plunges to life from beneath the mud, it does not allow the dirt that surrounds it to affect its growth or beauty.”

 Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

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