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Bowman Lake

North Fork, Glacier National Park, MT
+1 406-888-7800
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I have spent lots of time in Glacier National Park. This was my first trip to the NW corner of the... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2016
Far Far Away

The campground is next to clear, frigid lakes, around which it's fun to hike. I swam in one of the... read more

Reviewed 27 August 2016
Elise F
Denver, Colorado
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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 6 September 2016

I have spent lots of time in Glacier National Park. This was my first trip to the NW corner of the park. It is now my favorite part of the park. The only issue is people drive to fast on the 1-1/2 car width road....More

Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

The campground is next to clear, frigid lakes, around which it's fun to hike. I swam in one of the lakes; it was incredibly cold, but I could see the my feet in depths past my shoulders. However, there are no glaciers or ice bergs...More

Thank Elise F
Reviewed 8 August 2016

The western side of Glacier National Park is the least visited area of the park. The road into Bowman Lake is a gravel 6 mile road that will stop many visitors from seeing the lake. At the end of the road is a campground, picnic...More

2  Thank jsMT1994
Reviewed 7 August 2016

A beautiful lake at the end of a gravel road and definitely worth the drive to visit and relax. The 11 mile (round trip) hike to the lookout was somewhat of a challenge for the non-teenagers, but awesome views at the top! Would definitely recommend...More

1  Thank Foster0891
Reviewed 7 August 2016

Glacier was very busy when we visited, so we followed some good advice and made the drive up to Bowman Lake. The road to the lake was like any one-lane gravel road, with a few more bumps, but was definitely, easily do-able in any vehicle....More

Thank Brett W
Reviewed 2 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

3  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

1  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
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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