Bowman Road

Area Status: Open
This area is 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. Forest Service Road Closure Order 17-17-01, effective from February 17, 2017, through June 1st, 2017.

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: July 17, 2018:  The Bowman Road FS Road 18 is closed by barricades 100' below the Bowman Lake Dam area.  The Canyon Creek bridge/Jackson Creek campground are impassible to passenger cars due to erosion. There is an alternate route through the town of Washington on County Road 637, to Gaston Road/Forest Service 21 then to the Meadow Lake 843 County Road to Bowman Lake. See Motor Vehicle Use Map for additional information.

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Horse Riding & Camping

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Horse Riding

Areas for Horse Riding at Bowman Road


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Water Activities

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