Bowmans Bridge Campground
Huron-Manistee National Forest \ Baldwin Ranger District
The Huron-Manistee National Forests in northern lower Michigan are famous for its outstanding fishing. You are never far from an opportunity to catch sunfish, bass, perch, pike, trout, and even walleye! Fall and spring become exciting when salmon and steelhead run the Pere Marquette River and the lower Au Sable River to spawn. Panfish (sunfish, perch, crappie) are the most sought after fish.
Bowman Bridge Campground sits on the banks of the Pere Marquette River; a very popular fishing and canoeing river. Its crystal clear water and the variety of terrain and vegetation along its banks were attractive enough for it to be classified as a National Scenic River and a State Natural River. The Pere Marquette is one of the best fishing streams in the State, especially noted for brown trout, steelhead and salmon. The current is fairly swift, but the river is free of hazardous rapids and can be canoed rather easily. Peace and tranquility are natural features of the river. Many species of wildlife may be sighted by the quiet canoeist and angler.
Fishing is year round, but the campground is only manned by a host from mid-May through mid-October.