Bowman Bridge Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Located up the hill from Bowman Bridge Boat Landing, the campground also has a connector trail for the North Country National Scenic Trail. A tornado went through the area several years ago. Visitors to the site can see the beginning stages of natural recovery from the tornado swath. There will be plantings within the campground in the future to facilitate recovery from the tornado.

To download the Pere Marquette River, National Scenic River, brochure, with map, visit the Maps and Publications section of the website or select this link: http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5180864.pdf.  This brochure is set to print on 11 x 17 paper, landscape (wide) orientation.  To print on 8 1/2 x 11 paper set the print area to "shrink to printable area", this will make the text on the page smaller.  

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open May 9 to October 13. Gated when closed.
Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted. Forest quiet hours apply. Watercraft hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Rentals & Guides: Canoe Rentals -
  • Baldwin
    • Baldwin Canoe Rental
    • Ivan's Canoe Rental
Fees Concessionaire Fee - Camping (per night):
  • Single Site: $16.00
  • Double Site: $30.00
  • Group Site: $60.00
Day Use (per vehicle) -
  • Per Day: $6.00
Reservation Fee- Camping -
  • Per Reservation: $9.00
Watercraft Permits -
  • Reservations are not required, but are recommended.  Visit the Passes and Permits section for more information.
Permit Info: Watercraft Permit -
  • Required Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend.
Special Use Permit -
  • No special use permit is required for individuals or small groups (74 people or less).
  • Permits are required for commercial, event or large groups (75 people or more).
Open Season: May 9
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: May 15 to October 28
Busiest Season: Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend
Restrictions: Forest-wide Closures - Camping Camping in Developed Recreation Areas
  • Camping in a developed campground for a period longer than 14 consecutive days unless posted otherwise.
  • Entering or being in a developed recreation site or portion thereof when posted CLOSED.
  • Entering or remaining in a campground between 10 PM and 6 AM when posted - except for properly registered campers.
  • Using a developed campsite by more than eight (8) people on a single unit or by more than sixteen (16) people on a double site.
  • Parking or leaving a vehicle in violation of posted instructions, including the use of a handicap-parking site without a valid state permit properly displayed.
  • Parking a vehicle outside the parking space assigned to one's own camp unit or other designated parking area.
  • Occupying a developed campsite by parking more than one camper, trailer, or motor home (RV) on a single unit site. Parking more than two camping vehicles or camping trailers on a double unit site or exceeding limits to group sites unless otherwise posted.
  • Parking, possessing, or leaving more than two vehicles per single unit camp site or four vehicles per double unit sites, except bicycles, motorcycles, or ATV's on trailers, unless posted otherwise.
Being publicly nude Storing Watercraft
  • Storing, mooring, or leaving a boat or raft over 24 hours.
Parking
  • Parking in violation of posted instructions.
Closest Towns: Baldwin
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: American Land and Leisure - (801) 226-3564
Information Center: Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District (231) 745-4631

General Information

Directions:

From Baldwin -

  • Travel west on 52nd St./56th St./Carr's Rd. for 5 miles.
  • The entrance is located on the right.

General Notes:

Location - Pere Marquette National Scenic River, North Country National Scenic Trail

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • Bowman Lake Campground
  • Rosebush Angler Access

County - Lake

Seasonal and Other Information -

  • Gated when closed.

Activities


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Amenities -

  • Benches
  • Trail - landing to campground
  • Host
  • Lantern Posts
Sleeping ShelterNo
Reservation InfoReservation needed -
  • Mid-May to Mid-September
  • One time reservation fee of $9.00
  • Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance of visit.
  • Reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance of visit.

Go to: Recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777.

Walk-in sites are first come, first served.

No. of Sites
  • Single: 16
  • Walk-in: 4

RV Camping

Reservation InfoReservation needed -
  • Dates
  • One time reservation fee of $9.00
  • Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance of visit.
  • Reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance of visit.

Go to: Recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777. 

Hookup - WaterNo
Pavement Type of ParkingAsphalt
Vehicle ClearenceMedium to High
Size Restrictions50 Ft. or Less
No. of Sites
  • Single:16
  • Group: 4
Hookups - ElectricNo
Dump StationsNo
Hookup - SewerNo
Difficulty Level: Easy

Group Camping

Sleeping ShelterNo
Reservation InfoReservation needed -
  • Mid-May to Mid-September
  • One time reservation fee of $9.00
  • Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance of visit.
  • Reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance of visit.

Go to: Recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777.

Group ShelterNo
No. of SitesGroup: 4
Group Cooking FacilitiesNo
Hookups - ElectricNo
Difficulty Level: Easy

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