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Location and Access

Bowman Bridge Campground is situated within the Huron-Manistee National Forests, which cover nearly a million acres along the west side of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. The campground is specifically located near the town of Baldwin, Michigan.

To access the campground:

  • Take US-10 to Baldwin, Michigan.
  • Then, head north on M-37.
  • Turn west onto 52nd Street and continue to the campground.

Campground Features and Amenities

Bowman Bridge Campground is known for its rustic charm and offers the following amenities:

  • Camping Sites: The campground provides several individual sites for tent and small trailer use. Each site typically includes a table, fire ring, and grate.
  • Toilet Facilities: Vault toilets are available onsite, which are generally well-maintained.
  • Water Access: Potable water is available from a hand pump.
  • River Access: The campground provides access to the Pere Marquette River, which is popular for fishing, canoeing, and kayaking.
  • Pets: Pets are typically allowed but must be kept on a leash and managed responsibly.


Bowman Bridge Campground serves as a base for a variety of recreational activities including:

  • Fishing: The Pere Marquette River is a designated National Wild and Scenic River, known for excellent trout fishing.
  • Canoeing/Kayaking: The river provides opportunities for water sports, with canoe and kayak rentals often available nearby.
  • Hiking: There are several hiking trails in proximity to the campground, revealing the beautiful forest scenery.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The surrounding area is abundant in wildlife, offering chances to observe animals in their natural habitat.
  • Hunting: During designated seasons, the national forest regions are available for hunting various species, as per state regulations.

Reservations and Fees

  • Reservations: Bowman Bridge Campground may support first-come, first-served camping, or it might enable reservations, depending on the time of year and specific management policies. It's important to check the current reservation system before planning your trip.
  • Fees: Camping fees are typically required and can vary by season. Check the official forest service or campground website for the most current fee structure.

Regulations and Safety

  • Campfire Rules: Be aware of campfire regulations, such as current fire danger levels, and always extinguish fires thoroughly before leaving.
  • Leave No Trace: Following Leave No Trace principles helps in preserving the natural beauty of the site.
  • Noise and Hours: Observing quiet hours and general campground etiquette ensures a pleasant stay for all visitors.
  • Wildlife Precautions: Proper food storage is critical in preventing wildlife encounters.

Additional Information

For the most current information, including alerts or restrictions due to weather or environmental factors:

  • Visit the U.S. Forest Service website for the Huron-Manistee National Forests.
  • Or contact the forest service's local district office for specific queries relating to Bowman Bridge Campground.

Always check current conditions and regulations before embarking on a camping trip to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

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