Offered near the campground.
Natural features you'll find at Bowman Lake Campground.
The vibe at Bowman Lake Campground
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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.
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.
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.