It’s a bumpy ride on a rad dirt road to Bowman Lake Campground, but half the fun is getting there. Once you arrive, you will be amazed by the solitude and stellar views! Set near the shores of Bowman Lake you’ll be wise to pack your bug spray, but mosquitos and water only mean one thing...killer fishing, boating, and lake adventures just steps away from your site! Water and restrooms are available, as well as a picnic area in a pristine meadow with beautiful mountain views. The arrival and sites are not recommended for RVs, but tent campers and van lifers will bask in the glory of quiet, shady spots. With lots of hiking and nearby exploring, you'll experience the best of Glacier, at Bowman Lake.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers
48 sites
Up to guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Potable water available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.

Horseback riding
Wind sports
Snow sports
Whitewater paddling
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Bowman Lake Campground.

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Swimming hole
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Hipcamper Jon James
Jon James S.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 19th, 2015

This is campground is an all around winner. After bumping down the Outside Northfork Road out of the west end of Glacier National Park you cross over the Flathead River at a tiny town called Polebridge, MT. Be sure to stop at the Polebridge Mercantile and enjoy some of the best pastries you have ever had (seriously this no hyperbole, look it up!). After you get you fill cross over the replacement of the original polebridge that the town was named for and check in a the small ranger station at this entrance of the park. Head down the road a few more miles to get to the campground. Check in with the host and make sure to heed all warning as this is Grizzly country and those bears mean business. The view of the lake alone is worth the drive.

Sunset view of Bowman Lake.
Hipcamper William
William B.
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August 25th, 2017

This is Grizzly Bear country. Get educated of the does and don'ts.

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Nikki H.
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September 7th, 2017

Cool down with a dip in the glacial runoff waters!

Bowman Lake Campground
Hipcamper Joe
Joe B.
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November 10th, 2017

Loved Glacier National Park! Moderate hiking. Beautiful scenery!

Hipcamper Rob
Rob D.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 23rd, 2019

Our family of 5 (three kids, two adults) stayed at Bowman Lake in mid-July. The general info you can find on-line is accurate...Bowman is OUT there on dusty bumpy roads, the lake is 100 yards from the campsites, and it's generally pretty quiet. A few other bits:

The hosts are great. They'e have a welcome tent with info on bear activity, trails, forest fires, fauna, and a set of kids toys.

The lake is clear, rocky bottom, and very swimmable. Get in!

Easy trail access from the camp. But if you want to drive Road to the Sun or hike the more popular trails, expect a 45-1 hour drive from Bowman to get there.

Bowman Lake Campground
Hipcamper Emmett
Emmett M.
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 3rd, 2019

Absolutely beautiful location. Be warned: the water is cold at almost any time of the year, so swim at your own risk. Regardless, if you're lucky enough to have clear waters, the reflections of the mountains is near perfect.

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48.829° N, 114.203° W
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