OFF the TRAIL
Lake County- access from the 56th St. Trailhead or 40th St. Totally within the Bowman Lake Semi-Primitive Area and managed by the Manistee National Forest, Baldwin District
Several loops, around the lake and an additional small loop to 56th St, have long been used by cross-country skiers. The western portion of the primary loop was more or less hikeable with parts on an old two-track, but was improved and marked by members of the Spirit of the Woods Chapter of the North Country Trail Association, with the permission of the Forest Service, creating a popular six-mile loop.
Since then, the Forest Service has built an additional loop trail off the main north-south Bowman Trail, called the Leatherleaf Loop.
Semi-Primitive areas 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 a number of interesting glacial features within the approximately six square miles of the Bowman SPA.
Also see Bowman Lake, Bowman Campsites, Bowman Bridge Campground, and Bowman Semi-Primitive Area
Bowman Lake SPA at Get Off The Couch
Spirit of the Woods Chapter of the NCTA
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