Bowman Lake Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

The campground is walk-in only, with carry-in canoe access. This quiet and secluded campground is very popular with fisherman and hunters.

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At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted. Forest quiet hours apply.
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Parking
Fees No Fee
Permit Info: 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).
Visit the Passes and Permits section for more information on obtaining a special use permit.
Usage: Medium
Best Season: January 1 to December 31
Restrictions: As a visitor to the National Forest, you are asked to follow certain rules designed to protect the Forest, natural resources and to provide for public safety of visitors. These rules are available to you on-line or at any office of the Huron-Manistee National Forests. Please take time to read and understand them. General Topic orders apply across the Forests. Applicable Orders -
  • Motorized Vehicle Use of Roads, Trails and Off-road Areas; R904-14-02
  • Occupancy and Use - Developed Recreation Areas, Dispersed Areas, Being Publicly Nude, Marine Prohibitions, Parking and Sanitation; R904-14-03
Closest Towns: Baldwin
Water: None
Operated By: Baldwin White Cloud Ranger District - 650 N. Michigan Ave. PO Box D, Baldwin, MI 49304
Information Center:

General Information


 From Baldwin -

  • Travel west on 56th St. for 6.5 miles.
  • The site is located on the right.

General Notes:

Location - Bowman Lake, Bowman Lake Semi-Primitive NonMotorized Area

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • North Country National Scenic Trail
  • Bowman Lake Trail

 County - Lake

Seasonal and Other Information -

  • This site is not gated during the off season.
  • This site is not maintained in winter:
    • Access road and/or parking lot are not plowed.


Camping & Cabins

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Nature Viewing

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Water Activities

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Boating - Non-Motorized

Size RestrictionsNone
Trailer ParkingNo
Type of CraftCanoe, Kayak, Rowboat
Difficulty Level: Easy

Winter Sports

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Boat ramp Carry-in
Parking 10 vehicle capacity