Bowman Semi-Primitive Area
Exact Location:
Lake County- access from the 56th St. Trailhead or 40th St. Bounded by 56th and 40th Streets, Mac Rd. on the east, and private property to the west. Managed by the Manistee National Forest, Baldwin District
Bowman Lake
Hikers rest by Bowman Lake, a kettle hole (photo by jhy)

Semi-Primitive areas with National Forests are protected from vehicular travel and are characterized by a predominantly natural or natural-appearing environment with a moderate probability of experiencing isolation from the sights and sounds of man.

There are over 1100 acres in the Bowman Lake SPA, characterized by glacial features including: Bowman Lake (a kettle lake), kettle hole wetlands, leatherleaf bogs, kames, moraines, and a post-glacial blowout hole.

There are approximately 10 miles of loop and spur trails within the Bowman Lake Semi-Primitive Area. These trails intersect with the 3 included miles of North Country Trail at the 56th St. and 40th St. Trailheads, and also come within a few feet of each other at about the midpoint of the largest loop. All trails are open for hiking, bicycling, snowshoeing and skiing (not groomed).

Bowman SPA blowout
A large blowout west of Bowman Lake exposing the sandy soil (photo by jhy)
The Pere Marquette River flows northwest about 1.5 miles east of the SPA. The river can be accessed from Bowman Bridge.

Also see:
Bowman Lake
Bowman Campsites
Bowman Bridge Campground
Bowman Trails
Pere Marquette River

Huron Manistee National Forest
personal experience
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