Bowman Haley Lake

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Bowman Haley Lake

North Dakota

(701) 252-7666

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Located southeast of Bowman, North Dakota, Bowman-Haley Dam was constructed for flood damage reduction, fish and wildlife enhancement, recreation, as well as municipal and industrial water supply. Construction of the dam began in June 1964 and was completed in 1966. The dam measures approximately 5,730 feet in length, with a maximum height of 79 feet from the stream bed to the top of the dam. Bowman-Haley Lake, formed at the confluence of Spring Creek, Alkali Creek, and North Fork Grand River, has 17 miles of shoreline and an average depth of 39 feet. The lake drains an area of approximately 446 square miles and has a multipurpose storage capacity of 18,765 acre-feet. Activities that can be enjoyed at the Bowman-Haley project include picnicking, boating, camping, fishing, wildlife viewing, and photography. The North Shore Area, located north of the dam, has a boat ramp, picnic shelters, fireplaces, and drinking water. The South Shore Area, located south of the dam, has a boat ramp, picnic shelters, and fireplaces.

Map of Bowman Haley Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 45.978713, -103.265991



  • Boating

    There are several boat ramps and courtesy docks available for public use on the lake.

  • Camping

    Both primitive and modern campsites with electric hookups, restrooms, drinking water and trailer dump sites are available at the North Shore Area of Bowman Haley Lake.

  • Fishing

    The lake and downstream area offer fishing opportunities for walleye, northern pike, perch, bluegill, and smallmouth bass. Ice fishing also produces successful catches for the winter angler.

  • Hiking

    Hiking is available, contact the area for more information.

  • Historic Sites

    The Pioneer Trails Regional Museum is located in the nearby town of Bowman.

  • Hunting

    Public hunting offers sporting enthusiasts a challenge hunting waterfowl, deer, upland game, and furbearers.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic areas and shelters are available on both the North and South Shore Areas.

  • Water Sports

    A refreshing swim in Bowman Haley Lake is a perfect way too cool off on hot summer days.



From Bowman, ND, 13 miles South on US 85, 9 miles East and 2 miles on a gravel county road.

Phone Numbers


(701) 252-7666