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Bowman Bridge Campground and River Access

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Pere Marquette National Scenic River

The section of the river from Gleason's Landing to Bowman Bridge flows through a long stretch of federal ownership. This is one of the most popular stretches of river, and Bowman Bridge River Access can be very busy during summer weekends.

The bottom of the river in this stretch is mostly sand, with a few interspersed gravel beds. The water from Gleason's to Bowman Bridge is up to 5-feet deep in some parts.

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.

Brochure with Map: 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.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions:  This campground is open May 3 to Oct. 8, 2018. Gated when closed. Reservations recommended May 3 to Oct. 7.
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
Fees Concessionaire Fee - Campground Per Night:
  • Single Site: $18.00
  • Double Site: $36.00
  • Group Site: $66.00
Day Use (per vehicle) -
  • Per Day: $7.00
Watercraft Permits - Recreation Enhancement Act Fee - River Access Day Use -
  • Day: $5.00
  • Week: $15.00
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).
Visit the Passes and Permits section for more information on obtaining a special use permit.
Open Season: May 3 - Oct. 8
Usage: Medium
Busiest Season: Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend
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
  • Pere Marquette National Scenic River Corridor; R904-14-14
Closest Towns: Baldwin
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: American Land and Leisure - (801) 226-3564
Information Center:

General Information


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.


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