These are still good times for fishing, boating & hiking at Cowan Lake State Park

Still plenty to do at Cowan Lake

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The temps have been cool and some of the facilities (including public restrooms) are closed. But you can still get out and enjoy nature while still practicing social distancing at Cowan Lake State Park.

“You can still fish at Cowan Lake as long as you maintain at least six feet physical distancing,” said Wade Hall of Friends Caring for Cowan Lake State Park (FCC). “The boat ramps are open.”

He added that, “The crappie fishing had just started to pick up and then the cold weather hit.”

FCC has been involved in the development of the Family Fishing Pond and Handicapped Fishing Pier. And with the spring fishing season here, the group has provided an update.

Last year the ODNR dug out the Family Fishing Pond to remove 70 years worth of sediment. It went from 3- to 4-feet deep to 10-12 feet.

ODNR fish biologists and wildlife officers added underwater fishing structures and used electrofishing to help stock the pond. The pond was stocked by FCC volunteers and Catching Fire Outdoors to help ensure that families fishing in the pond had a good time and were able to catch fish.

FCC has been working closely with ODNR fish biologists to add 35 underwater fishing structures around the Handicapped Fishing Pier to improve fishing. Last year Blanchester Boy Scouts of America Troop 839 constructed the structures and the Cowan Lake Sailing Association helped with the placement.

“As improvements to the youth fishing pond and handicapped fishing areas continue to be made we ask for the community’s support by dialing #ODNR to report anyone misusing these areas,” said Hall. “The ODNR wildlife officers monitor the areas and will respond as soon as possible.“

For more information on Friends Caring for Cowan Lake State Park, go to their website or their Facebook page. Journal file photo
Still plenty to do at Cowan Lake

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