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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. The lake is accessed via a 6 miles (9.7 km) unpaved road from the small town of Polebridge. At 1,706 acres (690 ha), 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 have access to 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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  • We drove the 16 miles from Glacier to Bowman, through Pole Bridge, MT. It's worth the drive, especially if you have a rental car...we did not, so I was more careful. Lots of bumps, potholes... 
    We drove the 16 miles from Glacier to Bowman, through Pole Bridge, MT. It's worth the drive, especially if you have a rental car...we did not, so I was more careful. Lots of bumps, potholes...  more »
  • One of our favorite places to visit at Glacier National Park. I won't say the road is very dusty, narrow and at places rough but it is a beautiful place to visit. There is hiking trails from the... 
    One of our favorite places to visit at Glacier National Park. I won't say the road is very dusty, narrow and at places rough but it is a beautiful place to visit. There is hiking trails from the...  more »
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  • Down a long, one lane, dusty dirt road through forest and meadow, lies a lake near the most remote corner of GNP, and it is pretty! The campground was full yet quiet, except near the lake, and the restrooms were surprisingly pleasant. The water was clear and cold, and the lake bed was covered in pebbles that were great for skipping on the glassy surface!
  • Such an awesome sight at for sunrise. You can likely get here with a regular car but you have to drive slow.

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