Bowman Lake Campground

Area Status: Not Cleared

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

Current Conditions: Managed from May 1 to September 22. No services after September 22.
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).
Open Season: May 1
Usage: Medium
Best Season: January 1 to December 31
Restrictions: Forest-wide Closures - Camping in dispersed areas:
  • Camping within two hundred (200) feet of any body of water, except at designated sites.
  • Camping in an area which is posted closed and/or no camping.
  • Camping within 450 feet of developed recreation areas.
Being publicly nude. Storing Watercraft
  • Storing, mooring, or leaving a boat or raft over 24 hours.
  • Parking in violation of posted instructions.
Closest Towns: Baldwin
Water: None
Operated By: Baldwin White Cloud Ranger District - 650 N. Michigan Ave. PO Box D, Baldwin, MI 49304

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