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Bowman Lake

North Fork, Glacier National Park, MT
+1 406-888-7800
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Off the grid and worth the drive!

We stopped at Polebridge Mercantile and the asked what might be a cool but remote spot to check... read more

Reviewed 1 August 2016
Newark, Delaware
via mobile
Stunning ... at sunsrise or sunset ...

the lake views transform through out the day. If you are camping in high Season (July 1 - Sept... read more

Reviewed 29 July 2016
Atlanta, Georgia
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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.
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  • Very good20%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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North Fork, Glacier National Park, MT
+1 406-888-7800
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Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

We stopped at Polebridge Mercantile and the asked what might be a cool but remote spot to check out. Bowman Lake did not disappoint! The six mile dirt road to the Lake was adventurous and it was so peaceful and remote it didn't feel real....More

1  Thank Sabaffone
Reviewed 29 July 2016

the lake views transform through out the day. If you are camping in high Season (July 1 - Sept. 15) you need to be at the campgrounds by 11am ... it is always full. There is a downside of lots of people and kids. If...More

Thank fdoamerica
Reviewed 22 July 2016

Reading the reviews of the road one would think that it was a treacherous drive full of large rocks and ruts. Even the ranger was doubtful about me driving my Prius since it sits low to the ground. But I drove all this way from...More

2  Thank Maria H
Reviewed 18 July 2016

As soon as we pulled up I was blown away by the beauty and serenity of Bowman Lake! A great photo op to be had here. The water is so clear you can see the river rock in all its glorious color. We were short...More

Thank LadyAutum
Reviewed 11 July 2016

Bowman Lake is tucked away on the west side of Glacier and is well worth the drive. Secluded from the traffic and masses, this lake offers a beautiful beach, access to kayaking and canoeing and a campground. It's a rustic location with running water and...More

1  Thank JimH_Tarheel
Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

We decided to take this drive on the 4th of July. After 7 miles on dirt roads the view opened up to an amazing sight. There were a lot more people there than we expected and there are tight spots in the road if you...More

Thank reneeteach
Reviewed 8 July 2016

This lake is so worth the drive. It's in a less traveled part of the park. Just know that it's not on a paved road. It was such a peaceful place to spend the afternoon. There were only a handful of people there. If you...More

Thank Michelle H
Reviewed 22 June 2016

Its about a 20 min drive from Polebridge, mostly on a one lane dirt road (so timid drivers, take note), but very doable. views and solitude are fantastic, and some great hikes to be had from here. You can also camp out (with permit I...More

1  Thank Shane M
Reviewed 20 June 2016

We recently visited Bowman Lake on our family trip to Glacier National Park. You do have to drive on some unpaved roads that are very narrow to get there but it is a beautiful lake that is worth seeing. The scenery is nice but be...More

1  Thank Alex G
Reviewed 14 June 2016

Beautiful lake in a less busy section of Glacier, great place to camp if you want more seclusion. Mosquitos were bad when we visited, didn't really notice them anywhere else in the park but they swarmed us here. The road is rugged and narrow, plan...More

2  Thank Epogel
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Robert B
Hello. I will be in Glacier Park this summer and would like to return to Bowman Lake after my first visit 25 years ago. I own a 2012 Toyota Tacoma, however it is not a 4 X 4. Will I be able to make it to Bowman Lake and back to Pole Bridge in it? Thank you.
25 March 2017|
Response from Dscottmd1 |
yes, unless its been raining a whole lot
Can we park overnight at Bowman as base for backcountry hiking?
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.
Can we rent Kayaks at Bowman Lake?
10 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