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Bowman Lake

North Fork, Glacier National Park, MT
+1 406-888-7800
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Beautiful Lake

I've been on rough roads and to us this wasn't really bad but it wasn't that good either. It's a... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Off the beaten path when visiting Glacier

Our first day at Glacier, we did a half-day morning whitewater rafting trip. Lake Bowman fit in... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
San Antonio, Texas
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This lake lies just west of the Livingston Range of mountains in Montana and just south of the Canadian border in the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.
  • Excellent75%
  • Very good20%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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North Fork, Glacier National Park, MT
+1 406-888-7800
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I've been on rough roads and to us this wasn't really bad but it wasn't that good either. It's a slow go for sure. I'd go up early because you have less people that are coming down and the road is narrow. Be sure to...More

Thank Love2traveltacoma
Reviewed 5 days ago

Our first day at Glacier, we did a half-day morning whitewater rafting trip. Lake Bowman fit in perfectly for our afternoon itinerary. At the first four-way stop when you enter the West Glacier entrance, turn left to Polebridge. At Polebridge, have a beer and lunch...More

Thank yalibrarian
Reviewed 1 week ago

Seriously, despite the ALL CAPs and exclamation marks of other reviewers, the six-mile road from the ranger station is indeed twisty and gravel-y but similar to other such roads you've likely driven on. Don't expect car-swallowing potholes or anything of the like but you'll do...More

1  Thank BayouRnnr
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bowman lake is absolutely STUNNING!! We were only here for a short time because it was near the trailhead for the Quartz lake loop trail (which was horrible!! - I would never recommend that hike). If we would've known Bowman was so pretty and the...More

Thank Shelby050
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Get to the park entrance past Polebridge. Then drive a narrow, twisting rock/dirt road for 6 or so miles to this beautiful lake. There is a boat launch area and limited camping and parking. We were there at season's opening and absolutely lucked out to...More

Thank rmyers1944
Reviewed 10 April 2017

If you have been at Glacier Park for the week, hiked the marquee trails, and experienced all there is to see and do on Going-To-The-Sun Road – you might be in need of some rest and relaxation. Bowman Lake is a relaxed, relatively uncrowded, and...More

1  Thank Maxwell_III
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Bowman Lake is gorgeous but it, like Kintla Lake with its even WORSE road nearby, is reached by a narrow and dreadfully maintained dirt track of more or less one lane. You will be out of range for your cell phone and a long way...More

4  Thank MaryEllenM27
Reviewed 4 March 2017

As other reviewers have said, this is quite a drive on a mostly, dirt (or muddy like when we went), narrow, winding road. Average speed maybe 20mph. The lake is very beautiful though and we hiked along the lake trail for a few miles. We...More

Thank jnobz
Reviewed 21 September 2016

The road to this lake is crazy to drive. Make sure your car is in good shape. This lake is a very nice lake. I wish we could have spent more time at it.

Thank Tyson T
Reviewed 13 September 2016

If you can handle driving on dirt roads, narrow switchbacks, and have a tent or very small camper then try for this campground. Limited sites so get there early on the weekend or in the July/August. Several trails lead into the mountains, one leads along...More

1  Thank 517nancyg
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Robert B
26 March 2017|
Response from Dscottmd1 |
yes, unless its been raining a whole lot
8 January 2017|
Response from Michelle H | Reviewed this property |
I think you can with a permit. When we were there, several overnight campers were there and parked. They had windshield permits though. We were just there for the day.
11 August 2016|
Response from jsMT1994 | Reviewed this property |
no, just a picnic area, campground and boat launch. Get your kayaks in Kalispell or maybe west glacier