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


Indian Road Group Use Shelter is located at the very southern end of Canyon Ferry Reservoir at Indian Road Campground. Indian Road Campground and Group Use Shelter is located just north of town of Townsend on Circleville Road. Indian Creek was named by the first prospector on the creek, who had an Indian wife. Placer mining occurred here during the 1860s and 1870s. Near the Townsend turnoff for Indian Creek Road were the mining camps of Hog ’Em, Cheat ’Em, and Rob ’Em.

Natural Features:

Indian Road Group Use Shelter sits along the Missouri River at the south 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 skaters.


Indian Road Group Use Shelter is a 30' X 44' shelter with eight picnic tables. There are four accessible vault toilets along with a small fishing pond for children.

Nearby Attractions:

Indian Road Group Use Area on Canyon Ferry Reservoir is located about halfway between Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park and 30 miles south of the capital city of Helena, Montana. For up-to-date events in Broadwater County, Townsend, Montana, visit www.townsendmt.com, and for Helena visit, www.helenamt.com.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Grills
  • Accessible Parking
  • Accessible Picnic Areas
  • Accessible Picnic Shelters
  • Accessible Pit Toilets
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoeing
  • Day Use Area
  • Electricity
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Group Site (Reservable)
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Ice Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Parking Area
  • Pets Allowed
  • River Access
  • Tubing
  • Vault Toilets
  • Water Activities
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Accessible Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Campsites
  • Accessible Drinking Water
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Bait Shop
  • Boat Trailer Parking
  • Camping Supplies
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Fuel Available
  • General Store
  • Gift Shop
  • Propane
  • Urgent Care Facility
Know Before You Go
  • Shelter closes at 10:00 p.m.

  • No overnight camping or use is allowed.

  • No electrical source for camp trailers or RVs is available at shelters.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
46.33283, -111.52861
46°19'58"N, 111°31'43"W

Indian Road Campground and Group Use Shelter are located just north of town of Townsend on Circleville Road.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

7700 Canyon Ferry Road
Helena  MT  59601

Phone Number:

Project Office: (406) 475-3921
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