Bowman Road

Area Status: Open

The recreation information for the Tahoe National Forest is primarily provided by travel corridor.  The main travel corridors are:  Interstate 80, Highway 49, Highway 20, Highway 89 (North and South), Foresthill Divide Road, Mosquito Ridge Road, Bowman Road, Marysville Road, and Gold Lakes Road.  

Bowman Road
The Bowman Road begins at Hwy 20 and travels north through a highly granitic and scenic area to Bowman Reservoir.  It provides access to many popular reservoirs used by fishermen and boating enthusiasts, a variety of rustic campgrounds and many non-motoirzed trails within the Grouse Lakes Vehicle Closure area.   

From January 1 through March 31 of each year, the road is closed to wheeled traffic per Tahoe NF Motor Vehicle Use Maps

The unpaved portion of this road is very rocky and rough; 4x4 clearance is strongly recommended. 

Activities such as camping and hiking are listed below for this corridor.   

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Snow starts around mile post 6. Travel not recommended past that point.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Areas for Campground Camping at Bowman Road

Group Camping

Areas for Group Camping at Bowman Road

Lake and Pond Fishing

Areas for Lake and Pond Fishing at Bowman Road

River and Stream Fishing

Areas for River and Stream Fishing at Bowman Road

Horse Riding

Areas for Horse Riding at Bowman Road


Areas for Picnicking at Bowman Road

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities