Helena Valley Reservoir

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Helena Valley Reservoir

Montana

(406) 444-2535

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Overview

The Helena Valley Unit is in central Montana, adjoining the city of Helena, Montana, and 3.5 miles west of Canyon Ferry Dam on the Missouri River. The principal purposes of the unit are irrigation and municipal water for the city of Helena. Features of the development are a tunnel, dam and regulating reservoir, canal, pumping plant, and other facilities. Recreation in the area consists of both Helena Valley Reservoir and Canyon Ferry Lake. Campsites are available, as well as boating, fishing, and other activities. Created by Helena Valley Dam the reservoir, with 518 surface acres and 6 miles of shoreline, offers fair fishing for kokanee salmon. Picnic shelters are available. Non-motorized boating only is allowed. Helena was established in 1864, following the discovery of gold in Last Chance Gulch, and was a thriving gold camp by 1865. Many of the miners, disappointed in their quest for gold, took up homesteads in the valley.

Map of Helena Valley Reservoir

Latitude, Longitude: 46.639655, -111.871891

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Activities

  • Boating

    Non-motorized boating only is allowed.

  • Fishing

    The reservoir, with 518 surface acres and 6 miles of shoreline, offers fair fishing for kokanee salmon.

  • Hunting

    Please contact the park for information on hunting.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic shelters are available.

Directions

Driving

Adjoins city of Helena, the capital city of Montana.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(406) 444-2535

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