Canyon Ferry Lake

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Canyon Ferry Lake

Montana

(406) 475-3310

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Overview

Canyon Ferry Dam and lake are located in Montana about 50 miles downstream from where the Gallatin, Madison, and Jefferson Rivers join to form the Missouri River. This lake, with 35,181 surface acres and 76 shoreline miles, offers excellent fishing opportunity for rainbow trout, perch, ling, and walleye. Concrete boat ramps, campgrounds, day-use areas, shelters, swimming, and three marinas. The Bureau of Land Management operates a visitor center. Canyon Ferry Unit is part of the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program. The site is one of the best in the country for viewing large concentrations of Bald Eagles. A wildlife management area at the end of the reservoir is managed by the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks and is home to a colony of terns and pelicans. Barrow's Goldeneyes winter along the Missouri River. The upland areas around the reservoir provide habitat for Chestnut-collared Longspurs and Long-billed Curlews, as well as hundreds of Pronghorn antelope. Goose Bay, along the eastern shore of Canyon Ferry has a new boat ramp which is 130 feet long and 32 feet wide and will accommodate the launching of two boats at one time and is next to a 44 foot courtesy dock. The ramp is long enough to allow boats to be launched at reservoir levels as low as 3,787 feet.

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Latitude, Longitude: 46.437857, -111.538696

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Activities

  • Boating

    Concrete boat ramps and three marinas are available for boaters. Goose Bay, along the eastern shore of Canyon Ferry has a new boat ramp which is 130 feet long and 32 feet wide and will accommodate the launching of two boats at one time and is next to a 44 foot courtesy dock. The ramp is long enough to allow boats to be launched at reservoir levels as low as 3,787 feet.

  • Camping

    Kampgrounds of America, Inc. (KOA) runs a number of campgrounds in the area with amenities including picnic areas, showers, and RV facilities.

  • Fishing

    The reservoir has approximately 35,200 water surface acres, 9,360 land acres and 76 miles of shoreline, and offers excellent fishing opportunity for rainbow trout, perch, ling, and walleye. There are three marina concessions.

  • Hunting

    Please contact the park for information on hunting and required licenses.

  • Picnicking

    The USBR operates a number of sheltered day-use facilities for picnicking.

  • RVing

    Kampgrounds of America, Inc. (KOA) runs a number of campgrounds in the area with amenities including picnic areas, showers, and RV facilities.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming, boating, and other water sports such as water skiiing are popular pastimes on the lake.

  • Winter Sports

    The park is open year-round and provides opportunities for ice-fishing and ice-boating.

Directions

Driving

About 30 miles south of Helena, Montana on US 12-287.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(406) 475-3310

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