Clark Canyon Reservoir

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Clark Canyon Reservoir

Montana

(406) 683-6472

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Overview

Clark Canyon Reservoir is located 20 miles south of Dillon Montana and is the head waters of the Beaverhead River. Many recreation opportunities are available around the reservoir including boating, camping, fishing, picnicking, waterskiing, hunting, photography and wildlife viewing. Seven campgrounds offer individuals the option to stay on all sides of the reservoir as well as one RV Park with full hook ups for those who want more than the basic primitive amenities. This reservoir, with 4,935 surface acres and 17 miles of shoreline, offers good fishing for rainbow and brown trout. Concrete boat ramps, picnic shelters, marina are available. Cattail Marsh nature trail offers wildlife watching opportunities for seasonal waterfowl. Clark Canyon Reservoir is the site of Camp Fortunate, one of the more significant spots along the Lewis and Clark Trail. It was at Camp Fortunate that the Lewis and Clark expedition met the Lemhi Shoshoni Tribe, and cached their canoes and a stash of supplies for the return trip. Sacagawea was reunited with her people here.

Map of Clark Canyon Reservoir

Latitude, Longitude: 44.994669, -112.866325

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Activities

  • Boating

    Both motorized and non-motorize boats are permitted on the lake. Beaverhead River access is a frequently used launch site situated immediately below Clark Canyon Dam.

  • Camping

    Beaverhead Campground is the most popular and conveniently accessible camping site at the reservoir. It has shelters, toilets, fire rings, and hand pumps. Six other campgrounds offer individuals the option to stay on all sides of the reservoir as well as one RV Park with full hook ups for those who want more than the basic primitive amenities.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is a year round activity for many with chances to catch large rainbow and brown trout as well as burbat which is a native fish of Montana and found in very few locations.

  • Hiking

    Explore the area by foot! The Cattail Nature Trail, located along the Beaverhead River directly below the reservoir, provides opportunities for photography of watchable wildlife as well as many diverse plant species.

  • Historic Sites

    Beneath the waters of Clark Canyon is the site of the historic town of Armstead. When water levels get low parts of the old highway, railroad, and even building foundations are still visible. Clark Canyon Reservoir is the site of Camp Fortunate, one of the more significant spots along the Lewis and Clark Trail. It was at Camp Fortunate that the Lewis and Clark expedition met the Lemhi Shoshoni Tribe and where Sacagawea was reunited with her people. Several historic and pre-historic sites have been documented around the reservoir as well.

  • Hunting

    White tail and mule deer as well as antelope are often seen roaming the lands surrounding the reservoir. Moose can be seen in some of the thicker willowed areas. Call for more information on permitting.

  • Picnicking

    Lewis & Clark Day Use Area provides good access to the reservoir and has shelters, tables, and water available. The Camp Fortunate Overlook is a day use area that has information about the Lewis and Clark journey through the area. A vault toilet and picnic tables are available for public use. The area provides excellent views of the reservoir and surrounding countryside. All the campgrounds also have picnic facilities.

  • RVing

    The Lewis & Clark Campground/Marina Area offers full service hook-ups for recreational vehicles by the day, week, or month with a self pay fee station.

  • Water Sports

    Boating, water skiing, and other water sports are popular on the lake. Most campgrounds provide water access.

Directions

Driving

Take I-15 south 11 miles from Dillon to Reservoir. Most campgrounds are on MT secondary route 324.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(406) 683-6472

Permits

(406) 683-6472

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