Spotlight: The Bureau of Reclamation’s Canyon Ferry Reservoir
A great destination between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks
What You’ll Find
Canyon Ferry Reservoir offers a wide range of recreational opportunities from swimming and fishing to sailing and boating. Canoeists and kayakers explore the quiet backwater of the bays while the jet skiers, windsurfers and water skiers skim the summer waves.
Canyon Ferry offers year-round fishing opportunities. Game fish include rainbow and brown trout, walleye, ling and perch. Each spring Canyon Ferry Reservoir is host to annual walleye tournaments and in the winter an ice-fishing tournament for perch.
Canyon Ferry’s unique location is about equal distance (3 ½ hours driving time) between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, making Canyon Ferry Reservoir a great “destination between destinations.”
Campers can chose from 13 different campgrounds ranging from highly developed to primitive. Most campgrounds and campsites are on a first-come, first-served basis. There are a limited number of campsite reservations available for Hellgate and Court Sheriff campgrounds. If you have a group, you can reserve shelters for overnight use at seven locations around Canyon Ferry Reservoir. If a cabin is what you seek, contact Yacht Basin Marina at 406-475-3440 or Kim’s Marina and Resort at 406-475-3723.
Make Sure You
Visit the Canyon Ferry Dam at Riverside Campground. The Canyon Ferry Dam is located on the main stem of the Missouri River. The dam was constructed in a narrow constriction of the Missouri River Valley, where the Big Belt Mountains and the Spokane Hills merge. It sits approximately 68 miles downstream from the confluence of the Gallatin, Madison and Jefferson Rivers.
Canyon Ferry Reservoir has two full-service marinas. Visit Kim’s Marina or Yacht Basin Marina for all of your summer camping and boating supplies. Download a copy of Canyon Ferry’s marina facilities and contact information.
Visit the Bureau of Reclamation’s Canyon Ferry website for current updated information and recreation facilities around Canyon Ferry Reservoir.
Did you know?
The Canyon Ferry Dam in place today is not the original. The first Canyon Ferry Dam and power plant was located near Cemetery Island and was built in the 1890s. The plant had four 750-kilowatt units with six more generating units added in 1902.