Cowan Lake (Ohio)

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Cowan Lake
Cowan Creek Reservoir
Cowan lake-kmf.JPG
Location of Cowan Lake in Ohio, USA.
Location of Cowan Lake in Ohio, USA.
Cowan Lake
Location of Cowan Lake in Ohio, USA.
Location of Cowan Lake in Ohio, USA.
Cowan Lake
LocationCowan Lake State Park, Clinton County, Ohio
Coordinates39°23′19″N 83°55′29″W / 39.38861°N 83.92472°W / 39.38861; -83.92472Coordinates: 39°23′19″N 83°55′29″W / 39.38861°N 83.92472°W / 39.38861; -83.92472[1][2]
TypeReservoir
Primary inflowsCowan Creek
Primary outflowsCowan Creek
Catchment area32,640 acres (13,210 ha) [3]
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area692 acres (280 ha) [3]
Max. depth42 ft (13 m) [3]
Surface elevation965 feet (294 m)[1][2]
Islands1 (Austin Island)
References[1][2][3]

Cowan Lake, also known as Cowan Creek Reservoir, is a lake within Cowan Lake State Park in Clinton County, Ohio, United States. Its surface area is 692 acres (2.80 km2).[3] Cowan Lake lies near the Cincinnati Arch, an uplifting of bedrock that occurred during the Appalachian Mountains' building process. The erosion of this arch in the Cowan region exposes fossil-rich limestone. The limestone near Cowan and other parts of the exposed arch are some of the most famous fossil hunting fields in the world.

The lake takes its name from Cowan Creek, the creek that was dammed in 1950 to form the lake. Its source is at 39°24′12″N 83°41′18″W / 39.40333°N 83.68833°W / 39.40333; -83.68833 (Cowan Creek - source (Clinton County)).[4] Cowan Creek was named for John Cowan, the first surveyor of the area.[5]

Cowan Lake State Park, which includes the lakes and its immediate surroundings, was dedicated in 1968.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Cowan Lake". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-05-03.
  2. ^ a b c "Cowan Lake Dam". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-05-03.
  3. ^ a b c d e Cowan Lake Fishing Map with area description
  4. ^ "Cowan Creek (source)". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-05-03.
  5. ^ Brown, Albert J. (1915). History of Clinton County, Ohio: Its People, Industries, and Institutions. B.F. Bowen. p. 51.

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