Bowman Lake, Glacier National Park Fishing, Camping, Boating

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Bowman Lake

Tucked away in the northwest corner of Glacier National Park, Bowman Lake is the quintessential stopping point for those seeking lakeside serenity, surrounded by forested mountains, hiking trails, and wildlife.

  • Bowman Lake is an ideal destination for those craving a secluded lake experience nestled amidst a stunning mountain backdrop.
  • Located in the northwestern corner of Glacier National Park, Bowman Lake is known for its singular beauty and quiet surroundings.
  • Offers a 48-site campground,  hiking trails, fishing/boating access, and plentiful photo opportunities.


Bowman Lake lies within Montana’s Livingston Range, fed only by snowmelt, and is 7 miles long and 1 mile in width. Due to a bumpy access road, Bowman Lake is one of Glacier National Park’s hidden gems, providing fishing and boating opportunity, trails, campsites, and splendid views.


Situated in the North Fork Area of the park, 32 miles from the western entrance.

From the south end of Lake McDonald, take the North Fork Road (MT-486) northwest, passing through the town of Polebridge, MT (last stop for amenities) 7 miles before Bowman Lake.

Beware: The North Fork Road is a very bumpy dirt road. 20 – 25 mph average speed. Trucks w/trailers and RVs NOT RECOMMENDED.


Most accessible late May – early September.


With 48 sites, potable water (peak season), pit toilets and picnic area, Bowman Lake Campground is a peaceful haven after a day of fishing, boating, or hiking. Campsites first come, first serve.

  • Peak Season
    Late May - Early September
    7 night limit
    Mosquitoes abundant. Bring bug spray!
  • Primitive Season
    No potable water. Bring your own!
    Early May - late May; Early September - late December
    7 night limit

Choose from several hikes, each varying in length and difficulty, watching out for whitetail deer and elk. Always be bear aware and carry bear spray. Popular Hikes from Bowman Lake:

  • Quartz Lake Loop: 12.8 miles, moderate.
  • Akokla Lake: 5.8 miles, easy.

Spend the day in search of small cutthroat trout, kokanee salmon, and the occasional bull trout.

  • 10hp or less motorboats
  • kayaks/canoes/pontoons recommended
  • 1 boat ramp