Bowman Lake is a bit of a hidden gem in Glacier National Park! Located in the northwest section of the park camping at the Bowman Lake Campground is the perfect location for anyone who wants to spend some time on the water.
The campground has 46 sites in a large loop. There is a great visitor tent with information about the park and what to do around Bowman Lake. Camp hosts are on site to answer any questions you may have.
Similar to the Kintla Lake Campground you will need to drive a dirt road to reach the campground. The road is small but easily traveled.
Be prepared for mosquitos during your visit.
Bowman Lake Campground
Summer – May 17 – Sept 8
Primitive – Sept 9 – Oct 31
Number of Sites: 46
Location in the park: North Fork area of Glacier National Park
Campsite Cost: $15.00 / night
Payments accepted: cash/check
Reservations: No, Sites are available on a first-come, first served basis.
Latitude/Longitude: 48.8288° N, 114.2027° W
Accessible Sites: #4 has a lifted tent pad, #7 the tent pad is not lifted
Pets Allowed: Yes but they must be on a leash at all times
Are campground Reservations Available? No, Sites are available on a first-come, first served basis.
Flush Toilets: No, vault toilets
Is wifi Available? No
Is cellular Phone Service Available? No
Is camp host available on site? Yes
Is firewood available for purchase? Firewood is available for purchase at most camp stores.
It is unlawful to gather or cut firewood
Amenities at each campsite:
Fire pit in the site? Yes
Picnic Table in the site? Yes
Bear Box in site/area? Yes,
Potable Water? Potable water is available at water spigots in the campground
Fee showers are available at the Rising Sun and Swiftcurrent Motor Inns and private campgrounds adjacent to the park.
RV Camping at Bowman Lake Campground
RV Length: Vehicles over 21’ in length and/or vehicle-trailer combinations are prohibited at Bowman Lake due to the nature of the long, narrow, and windy dirt road to the campground, and very tight parking areas at each campsite.
Dump Station: No
Generators: Generator use in campgrounds is permitted only during the hours: 8:00 – 10:00 am; 12 noon – 2:00 pm; and 5:00 – 7:00 pm.
How to get to Campground
6.3 miles from Polebridge
A maximum of two tents per site is permitted.
Sites may not be left unattended for over 24 hours.
Campground speed limits are 10 miles per hour.
The maximum number of people in a campsite: limited to eight people
The number of cars per campsite: two vehicles
Checkout time: 12 noon
Quiet Hours: Quiet hours are from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am.
Between July 1 and Labor Day, camping in Glacier National Park is limited to 14 days, either in a single period or combined separate periods.
Between Labor Day and June 30, camping in Glacier National Park is limited to 30 days, either in a single period or combined separate periods.
Bowman Lake Campground Map
Photos of Bowman Lake Campground
Site #31 is next to the bathroom
Site #48 is near the road and maybe louder
If you don’t want to camp the entire time you are in Glacier check out all of the Glacier National Park Lodging options!
Learn more about Glacier National Park Camping!