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part ofCanyon Ferry Lake, Bureau of Reclamation
Photo: Court Sheriff Campground
Status: Open through Thu Dec 31 2015   Season Dates


Court Sheriff Campground is located at the very north end of Canyon Ferry Reservoir, 30 miles east of Helena, Montana, along Montana Highway 284. Court Sheriff Campground offers year-round access to a wide range of recreational opportunities. Court Sheriff Campground is named for the Sheriff family. In 1865 Court Sheriff moved into the region from the state of Illinois to Montana to work the mines. Court Sheriff first worked the mines in Diamond City, then hired on as a carpenter to help build a wooden flume for the Magpie-Gave Hill ditch. In 1875 he opened a general mercantile to serve the miners east of the Missouri River at Cavetown. He moved to nearby Canyon Ferry in 1880, and by 1883 had established a general store and later added a livery stable and two-and-a-half-story hotel.

Natural Features:

Court Sheriff Campground sits at the north end of Canyon Ferry Reservoir between the Big Belt and Elkhorns mountain ranges.


Canyon Ferry Reservoir offers a wide range of year-round recreational opportunities. Water related activities include everything from swimming and fishing to sailing and motor-boating. Canoeists and kayakers explore the many quiet backwater bays. Jet skiers, windsurfers and water skiers skim the summer waves, while winter draws ice fishermen, ice boaters and ice skaters.


Court Sheriff Campground is very popular and a well-developed campground. The campground is paved with 48 campsites, most are located along the water. During the peak summer months services include vault toilets, potable water, trash, recycling containers and a campground host.

Nearby Attractions:

Court Sheriff Campground on Canyon Ferry Reservoir is located halfway between Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park along with the capital city of Helena, Montana. For up to date events visit, www.helenamt.com.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Campsites
  • Accessible Drinking Water
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Grills
  • Accessible Parking
  • Accessible Picnic Areas
  • Accessible Picnic Shelters
  • Accessible Pit Toilets
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Bay Access
  • Beach
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Trailer Parking
  • Boating
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoeing
  • Day Use Area
  • Drinking Water
  • Drinking Water (Peak Season)
  • Emergency Phone
  • Entrance Station
  • First Aid Kit
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Host
  • Ice Fishing
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Lake Access
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Parking
  • Paved Sites
  • Pets Allowed
  • RV sites
  • Recycling
  • Sailing
  • Self Pay Station
  • Swimming
  • Tables
  • Tent sites
  • Tubing
  • Vault Toilets
  • Water
  • Water (Seasonal)
  • Water Access
  • Water Activities
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Spigot
  • Waterfront Sites
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Dump Station
  • Fishing Licenses
  • Fuel Available
  • General Store
  • Marina
  • Visitor Center
  • Washer & Dryer
Know Before You Go
  • All campsites are to be considered single unit sites unless marked as a double site. Single campsites are limited to one camping / sleeping unit per campsite. An exception will be made for parents with young children; Parents may have one additional tent for children under the age of 18.

  • Pets must be physically constrained by a leash under 6' in length or a structure. Do not leave pets left unattended. It is your responsibility to clean up after your own pet.

  • Quiet hours are from 10:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.

  • Personal property used to reserve campsites, including RVs and tents will be removed in accordance with 43 CFR Part 423.23.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
46.65794, -111.70772
46°39'29"N, 111°42'28"W

Heading north along MT highway 12/287, drive north to Spokane Creek Rd and turn right Yellow flashing light. Follow Spokane Creek Rd for 4.6 mi and turn right onto Co Rd 430/Canyon Ferry Rd and continue on to Court Sheriff Campground. The campground will be on the right.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

7700 Canyon Ferry Road
Helena  MT  59601

Phone Number:

Project Office: (406) 475-3921
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