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


White Earth Group Use Shelter is located at White Earth Campground, just east of the town of Winston, Montana, on Canyon Ferry Reservoir. In 1805, the Lewis and Clark expedition passed through this region. On July 22, 1805, Sacagawea recognizes the country and assures the men that the three forks of the Missouri were of no great distance. This news gave the expedition hope in the anticipation of soon reaching the headwaters of the Missouri River.

Natural Features:

White Earth Campground sits along the banks of Canyon Ferry Reservoir in the open valley between the Big Belt and Elkhorn 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 and ice skaters.


White Earth Group Use Shelter is 30' X 44' shelter with electrical power. The shelter has 8 picnic tables, 5 campsites and an accessible vault toilet. White Earth Campground has 34 designated campsites, a boat ramp, and a parking area for boat trailers. During the peak summer months services include vault toilets, potable water, trash, recycling containers and campground hosts.

Nearby Attractions:

White Earth Group Use Shelter is located halfway between Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park. The city of Helena, MT, the state's capital, is 25 miles away. For up-to-date events visitwww.helenamt.com/

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Grills
  • Accessible Parking
  • Accessible Picnic Areas
  • Accessible Picnic Shelters
  • Accessible Pit Toilets
  • Accessible Scenic Overlook
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Bay Access
  • Beach
  • Beach Access
  • Boating
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoeing
  • Day Use Area
  • Electricity
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Group Site (Reservable)
  • Host
  • Ice Fishing
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Lake Access
  • Parking Area
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Recycling
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Trash Collection
  • 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
  • Ice Skating
  • Marina
  • Paddle Boating
  • Pontoon Rental
  • Propane
  • RV Parking
  • RV Storage
  • RV sites
  • RV supplies
  • Restaurant
  • Showers (Seasonal)
  • Visitor Center
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.

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

  • 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 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. 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 in designated campsites.

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

  • Price of shelter includes five designated campsites.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
46.52108, -111.58788
46°31'16"N, 111°35'16"W

Heading north along MT highway 12/287 from Townsend. Drive north to the town of Winston, MT, and turn right onto Beaver Creek Road and follow the road 5.5 miles to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

7700 Canyon Ferry Road
Helena  MT  59601

Phone Number:

Project Office: (406) 475-3921
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