BOWMAN BRIDGE, MI

Bowman Bridge Campground is perfect for true nature immersion. Campers come here for easy access to the Pere Marquette National Scenic River and for the delightful views of the great outdoors.The campground is situated along the Pere Marquette National Scenic River, a 66-mile stretch...
Status: Open through Sun Oct 05 2014   Season Dates

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Know Before You Go
  • From the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend to the Monday of Labor Day Weekend, a special watercraft permit is required from Forks Landing to Indian Bridge Landing
  • This campground has first-come, first-serve sites
  • Limit 2 vehicles or 1 RV per campsite; A fee will be charged for additional vehicles
  • Group sites are tent camping only
  • Click here to learn more about Huron-Manistee National Forests
  • Don't move firewood: To limit the spread of invasive tree-killing pests, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Some states have quarantines and may confiscate your firewood. Please help protect our forests from invasive species by obtaining your firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Visit dontmovefirewood.org for more information.
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BOWMAN BRIDGE STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 50 Back-In
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BOWMAN BRIDGE GROUP TENT ONLY AREA NONELECTRIC 20 25
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** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.
*** Some sites may be available only from the campground on a first-come-first-served basis.
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Photo: BOWMAN BRIDGE Landing Photo: Pere Marquette River Photo: BOWMAN BRIDGE Recreation Photo: BOWMAN BRIDGE Facilities Photo: BOWMAN BRIDGE Campground Photo: BOWMAN BRIDGE Camping
Overview

Overview

Bowman Bridge Campground is perfect for true nature immersion. Campers come here for easy access to the Pere Marquette National Scenic River and for the delightful views of the great outdoors.

Natural Features:

The campground is situated along the Pere Marquette National Scenic River, a 66-mile stretch of clear, unspoiled waters within the Huron-Manistee National Forests in Michigan. Large blocks of public land offering opportunities for hiking, birdwatching, photography, and hunting can be found in the surrounding area.

Recreation:

The top three activities for campers at Bowman Bridge are canoeing, fishing and hiking. Anglers cast for brown trout, salmon, steelhead and rainbow trout.

Watercraft rentals are available at two nearby liveries in Baldwin. A permit is required to float the river from the Friday of Memorial Day weekend through Monday of Labor Day weekend. Watercraft hours during the permit season are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Hikers can head up the campground's connector trail to the North Country National Scenic Trail. This "north country" trail weaves through many scenic, historic and cultural areas across seven states, measuring 4,600 miles end-to-end.

Facilities:

Campsites are in a wooded setting, but due to a tornado that passed through in 2005, tall trees and shade are less dense than in neighboring campgrounds.

The campground has a single loop 16 paved family campsites. There are also 4 walk-in family campsites and 4 tent-only group sites that can accommodate up to 20 people each.

Nearby Attractions:

Visitors enjoy exploring the extent of the Pere Marquette National Scenic River. Other nearby attractions include the Bowman Lake Foot Travel Area and the historic community of Idlewild.

Booking Window

GROUP TENT ONLY AREA NONELECTRIC

Sat Sep 20 2014 - Wed Sep 16 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

STANDARD NONELECTRIC

Sat Sep 20 2014 - Mon Mar 16 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Thu May 08 2014 Sun Oct 05 2014
Peak Thu May 07 2015 Sun Oct 11 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Host
  • Lantern Posts
  • Paved Parking Spurs
  • Self Pay Station
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Water Activities
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
May 08 2014 -
Oct 05 2014
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $16.00-$30.00
GROUP TENT ONLY AREA NONELECTRIC $60.00
Peak Season
May 07 2015 -
Oct 11 2015
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $16.00-$30.00
GROUP TENT ONLY AREA NONELECTRIC $60.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
43.88833, -85.94222
43°53'18"N, 85°56'32"W

From Baldwin, turn west on 7th Street, then left onto Cherry Street. Take the first right, W 52nd Street, and drive 5 miles. Look for signs into the campground.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

BOWMAN BRIDGE

  MI 

Phone Number:

Information:  (231)745-8760