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Several of the campsites at Bowman Lake Campground in Nevada County are either directly on the lake or directly on Jackson Creek. Photo by queerbychoice.

Bowman Lake is a reservoir located a 1.5-hour drive northeast from Nevada City, north of Grouse Ridge. It is a 2-hour drive from Reno, a 2.25-hour drive from Sacramento or Yuba City, or a 3-hour drive from Chico. Its elevation is 5,558 feet.

Two smaller lakes located slightly northwest of Bowman Lake: Weaver Lake and McMurray Lake.