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Bowman Lake

North Fork, Glacier National Park, MT
+1 406-888-7800
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Amazing area

We had several days in GNP so took a day to explore Kintla and Bowman Lakes. Most of our time at... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bumpy Ride

Tried to drive to Kintla Lake but road was closed so tried Bowman Lake road. Made it up 3/4 of road... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sherry B
Bridge City, Texas
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This lake lies just west of the Livingston Range of mountains in Montana and just south of the Canadian border in the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good22%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had several days in GNP so took a day to explore Kintla and Bowman Lakes. Most of our time at Bowman. The road is rough but don't let that stop you. Take it slow and watch the blind corners. We did it in a...More

Thank TimbersHouse
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tried to drive to Kintla Lake but road was closed so tried Bowman Lake road. Made it up 3/4 of road before our poor little rental can couldn't do any more so we turned around and came back. Enjoyed the scenery. Saw a moose and...More

Thank Sherry B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice location for lunch or a hike. Small parking area and usual NP toilets. Nowhere to buy food or drink so bring your own provisions. Can't comment on views as here during severe wildfires so too smoky.

Thank Pole2Pole_Images
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Reviewer "LA" says "Long Bumpy Ride But Worth it" and he is 100% correct. Several times during our jolting, dusty ride up to Bowman Lake I said to myself "This better be worth it". Luckily, it is. But, the drive is definitely not a casual...More

Thank CoolRich59
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Bowman was one of the highlights of our Glacier visit. The ride there makes for a great commercial for shock absorbers and four wheel drive vehicles, but the views and the lakeside trails make it worthwhile. Lots of potholes and twists and turns on the...More

Thank L A
Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

Hubby & I rode the Motorcycle to Polebridge then continued on the dirt road back into Glacier NP & up to Bowman Lake. The road to the lake is very narrow..almost one vehicle wide so have to keep your eyes open on blind turns....but very...More

Thank JstLv2Crz
Reviewed 6 September 2017

When Glacier National Park feels crowed or busy, I recommend visiting Bowman Lake. There is a long dirt road to get there that is absolutely worth it for the quiet-seeker. There it was so quiet with the stillest water in the park. A few hikers...More

Thank CW K
Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

This is worth every extra minute it took to drive on the potholed dirt road. If you go slow and take your time on the 6 miles you'll get the reward of one of the best lakes in the park. We were hesitant to go...More

Thank spoonethy
Reviewed 31 July 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 very narrow and...More

2  Thank mom2sophiebeth
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

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. Once there though, going out...More

Thank Amanda C
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Robert B
26 March 2017|
Response from Dscottmd1 |
yes, unless its been raining a whole lot
8 January 2017|
Response from Michelle H | Reviewed this property |
I think you can with a permit. When we were there, several overnight campers were there and parked. They had windshield permits though. We were just there for the day.