Bowman Lake (Montana)

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Bowman Lake
Bowman Lake.jpg
Location Glacier National Park, Flathead County, Montana, US
Coordinates 48°52′00″N 114°09′52″W / 48.86667°N 114.16444°W / 48.86667; -114.16444Coordinates: 48°52′00″N 114°09′52″W / 48.86667°N 114.16444°W / 48.86667; -114.16444[1]
Type Natural
Primary inflows Various streams
Primary outflows Bowman Creek
Basin countries United States
Max. length 7 miles (11 km)
Max. width 0.5 miles (0.80 km)
Surface area 2,250 acres (910 ha)
Max. depth 253 ft (77 m)
Surface elevation 4,030 ft (1,230 m)

Bowman Lake is in the northwestern portion of Glacier National Park in Montana.[2] It is not commonly visited by most visitors to Glacier National Park, because it is located in one of the more remote areas of the park. It is more well-known among local residents, though, who use the small, uncrowded campground. The lake is accessed via a 6 miles (9.7 km) unpaved road from the small town of Polebridge. At 1,706 acres (690 ha), Bowman Lake is the third largest lake in the park, after Lake McDonald and Saint Mary Lake.[3]

The campground is located close to the shore, and the trees along the site provide privacy. Day users can enjoy a peaceful lunch at the picnic ground, and there are several hiking trails within the area. Fishing, canoeing, and kayaking are also popular on the lake which is of a glacially cold temperature. Motorized boats of 10 horsepower (7 kW) or less are allowed on the lake. Because of the long, bumpy road, recreational vehicles and truck/trailer combinations are not recommended.[3]

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  1. ^ "Bowman Lake". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  2. ^ "Quartz Ridge, MT" (Map (USGS Quad)). TopoQuest. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  3. ^ a b "Glacier National Park - Bowman Lake Campground". National Park Service. Retrieved 2011-03-06.