Dispersed
Group
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Water Unknown
About Bowman Campground

Bowman Lake Campground is a very remote campground with limited services. There are 7 campsites with tables, fire rings and bear proof food lockers. There is no trash service.

Bowman Lake is a large lake surrounded by rocky cliffs and scattered pines that are great for fishing and swimming. A few islands are found within the lake.

Car top boat launch only.

The road to access the campground is very rough, rocky, and narrow. A high clearance vehicle is needed, and towing boats or trailers is very difficult and dangerous. There are several stretches of the road where it is impossible for two vehicles to pass around each other and so if traffic is coming from both directions, someone will need to back up.

Despite the difficult access, Bowman Lake is a popular, heavily used area.

Operator
National Forest
Access
Drive In
Walk In
Features
Alcohol Allowed
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Picnic Table
Reservable
Sanitary Dump
Toilets
Location
Bowman Campground is located in California
Latitude
39.4593 N
Longitude
-120.6124 W
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Directions
From Nevada City: Take Hwy 20 east towards Truckee approximately 20 miles. Turn left on Bowman Lake Road (Forest Road 18). First 8 miles are paved, next 3 miles are gravel (1 1/2 lanes), and last 3 miles are very rough, requiring high clearance vehicle and road is one lane. The entire route is very windy. From I-80: Take Hwy 20 exit from I-80 heading west toward Nevada City for approximately 5 miles. Turn right on Bowman Lake Road (Forest Road 18). First 8 miles are paved, next 3 miles are gravel (1 1/2 lanes), and last 3 miles are very rough, requiring high clearance vehicle and road is one lane.
2 Reviews of Bowman Campground
Fantastic

Awesome spot to camp, fish, off road, launch a kayak or paddle board

First to Review
seclusion

Always the best at Bowman. The road is rough and can be treacherous driving on a cliff side. You will need good clearance on your car. Pit toilet only with no water. lots of hiking, good fishing, great kayaking.