Bowman Lake, Glacier National Park

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Bowman Lake is in the northwestern portion of Glacier National Park in Montana. It is not commonly visited by most visitors to Glacier National Park, because it is located in one of the more remote areas of the park. It is more well-known among local residents, though, who use the small, uncrowded campground. The lake is accessed via a unpaved road from the small town of Polebridge. At, Bowman Lake is the third largest lake in the park, after Lake McDonald and Saint Mary Lake.The campground is located close to the shore, and the trees along the site provide privacy. Day users can enjoy a peaceful lunch at the picnic ground, and there are several hiking trails within the area. Fishing, canoeing, and kayaking are also popular on the lake which is of a glacially cold temperature. Motorized boats of 10 horsepower (7 kW) or less are allowed on the lake. Because of the long, bumpy road, recreational vehicles and truck/trailer combinations are not recommended.
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  • July 31, 2017
    We were told that the road to Bowman was closed due to the parking lot being full. We decided to go for it anyway and at least drive through to see the lake since we'd come so far. The gravel road was...  more »
  • July 30, 2017
    The parking lot is tiny and they were turning cars away all day. We happened to get a spot. The road was 6 miles of horrible potholes. We probably wouldn't have gone had we known how bad the road was....  more »
  • July 26, 2017
    Believe it or not, we were unable to get to Bowman Lake because the parking lot was congested. This is a somewhat remote lake northeast of Polebridge, MT, in Glacier Park. We went on a Thursday, and a...  more »

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Where to stay in Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park offers a wealth of accommodation options right inside the park. You can stake a tent in one of theĀ campgrounds or choose from a handful of rustic lodges and chalets. Rooms fill up quickly at these, so make reservations as far in advance as possible (up to a year ahead). A few inns, motels, and lodges sit around the St. Mary's Lakes by the park's northeast boundary, but staying in Whitefish on the western side is a better choice if you prefer to be in a Montana mountain town. Here you'll find homey inns and lodges, economy motels, and a wide range of restaurants. You'll find additional inns and motels as you drive east along Route 2 toward the park's entrance.
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