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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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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 the 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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  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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 you...  more »
  • 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 alon...  more »