Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
About Head Bowman Lake
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Head Bowman Lake is located in Glacier National Park in Montana
48.9043 N
-114.1207 W
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2 Reviews of Head Bowman Lake
Greatest Backcountry Campsite There Is

The greatest backcountry campsite I’ve ever been to. This site is pristine! The tent sites are right along the water, the pole is already set up to hang your bear bag and there is a ready-made fire pit with benches to sit on. To top it off, the whole site is clean, easy lake access, and a top notch backcountry shitter.

You are doing it wrong if you don’t brave the cold for a dip in the clear turquoise blue water. I simply can’t praise the site enough.

The only downside is there are a decent number of mosquitoes, so make sure to bring bug spray.

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Gorgeous Back Country Campground

This beautiful, remote campground is absolutely gorgeous, and sits on the shores at the head of Bowman Lake. Unlike the easily accessed campground at the foot of the lake, which gets a tremendous amount of traffic and pressure from tourism, the back country one has only a few sites (5 I believe), and the access is via a 6'ish mile (one way), flat, picturesque trail along the lake. The sites are level and graveled, there is a separate cooking area, and a pit toilet. And the views…incredible. Back country permits are required for all park back country camp grounds, and must be purchase from the park service and are available via online early registration, or within 48 hours of your stay, but must be picked up in person at the ranger station in Apgar, in Glacier Park. There are no exceptions, so don't go if you haven't secured a permit. Weather is unpredictable there, so prepare for every kind of weather. Trails to further back country areas continue from this campground, and it's a "must stay" if you're hiking in the park.