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part ofCanyon Ferry Lake, Bureau of Reclamation
Photo: Riverside Group Use Shelter
Status: Open through Thu Dec 31 2015   Season Dates


Riverside Group Use Shelter is located at Riverside Campground, 30 miles east of Helena, Montana, at the northern end of Canyon Ferry Reservoir below the Canyon Ferry Dam. Canyon Ferry and Hauser Reservoirs offer year-round access to a wide range of recreational opportunities. Construction of the new Canyon Ferry Dam began in July 1949 and was completed in November 1954. Today, the dam stands 172 feet above the Missouri River and can hold 2,050,900 acre-feet of water creating a reservoir 25 miles long.

Natural Features:

Riverside Campground and Group Use Shelter sits below Canyon Ferry Dam along the banks of Hauser Reservoir.


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 and ice skaters.


Riverside Group Use Shelter is 30' X 44' shelter with eight picnic tables, an accessible vault toilet and seven campsites. Riverside Campground has 27 designated campsites, a boat ramp, parking area for boat trailers and several day use picnic sites. During the peak summer months services include vault toilets, potable water, trash, recycling containers and campground hosts.

Nearby Attractions:

Riverside Group Use Shelter is located halfway between Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park. The city of Helena, Montana, the state capital, is 25 miles away. For up to date events visit, www.helenamt.com.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Grills
  • Accessible Parking
  • Accessible Picnic Areas
  • Accessible Picnic Shelters
  • Accessible Pit Toilets
  • Accessible Scenic Overlook
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Beach Access
  • Boating
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoeing
  • Day Use Area
  • Electricity
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Group Site (Reservable)
  • Host
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Lake Access
  • Parking Area
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Recycling
  • Swimming
  • Tubing
  • Vault Toilets
  • Water
  • Water Access
  • Water Activities
  • Water Skiing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Accessible Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Campsites
  • Accessible Drinking Water
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Showers
  • Bait Shop
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boat Rentals
  • Boat Slips
  • Boat Storage
  • Boat Trailer Parking
  • Camping Supplies
  • Concessions (Seasonal)
  • Drinking Water
  • Drinking Water (Peak Season)
  • Dump Station
  • Firewood
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Fishing Licenses
  • Flush Toilets (Seasonal)
  • Fuel Available
  • General Store
  • Gift Shop
  • Grocery Store
  • Hunting
  • Marina
  • Paddle Boating
  • Pontoon Rental
  • Propane
  • RV Parking
  • RV Storage
  • RV sites
  • RV supplies
  • Restaurant
  • Showers (Seasonal)
  • Visitor Center
Know Before You Go
  • There is no power serving the group use shelter.

  • 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.

  • RVs, vehicles and trailers must be parked on the gravel/pavement and within designated areas of the campsite or established parking area provided.

  • Pets must be physically constrained by a leash under 6' in length or a structure. Do not leave pets 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. Be considerate of other campers. Activities and noise should be kept to a level that does not disturb other campers. Generators are not allowed during quiet hours. The use of loud, profane, or abusive language or music is prohibited.

  • Camping is allowed within shelter area up to seven designated campsites.

  • Price of shelter includes seven designated campsites.

  • 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):
46.65636, -111.73482
46°39'23"N, 111°44'5"W

From Helena, MT: Head east along Co Rd 430/Canyon Ferry Rd from Helena, MT, continue for 18 miles to Jim Town Road and turn left. Continue straight until you reach the campground.
From Townsend, MT: Head north on Hwy 284 for 34 miles and turn right at Jim Town Road. Continue straight until you reach the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

7700 Canyon Ferry Road
Helena  MT  59601

Phone Number:

Project Office: (406) 475-3921
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