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AKA: Canyon Ferry Reservoir

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Canyon Ferry Lake, MT

Considerable, annual stocking of trout make Canyon Ferry Lake a favorite of trout anglers in the west-central part of Montana. This 33,500-acre lake is known for fertile water supporting healthy populations of many fish species.

In addition to trout, bass, sunfish, perch and pike are popular with fishing enthusiasts. 76 miles of shoreline wrap this fishing gem, which is a 27-mile long reservoir on the Missouri River. Numerous locations around the lake provide access for fishing from the bank near picnic areas, hiking trails and campgrounds. In winter, once the ice is safe, there is excellent ice fishing for trout and perch. There are five boat launch ramps for all size boats from canoes and kayaks to fishing, pleasure and pontoon boats. Marinas, stores and other amenities offer virtually everything necessary for enjoying a day, or an extended vacation at Canyon Ferry Reservoir. Boat rentals, camping and lodging are all available at the lake.

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What to fish for...

Fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, brook trout, brown trout, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, yellow perch and northern pike at Canyon Ferry Lake in Montana.

Primary fish species residing in Canyon Ferry Lake

Click images for fishing tips and details about each species.

Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Rainbow trout Cutthroat trout Brook trout Brown trout Bluegill Pumpkinseed Sunfish Yellow Perch Northern pike

Canyon Ferry Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Fishing Boat Rentals

Goose Bay Marina & Campground
Rentals: Kayaks
406 266-3065

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Goose Bay Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off Goose Bay Lane, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.

Hellgate Gulch Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off Hellgate Canyon Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Shannon Boat Launch Ramp
Located at the north end of the lake, off County Road 284, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Silos Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest section of the lake, off Silos Road, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with docks and gravel parking.

White Earth Campground Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off Beaver Creek Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.


Goose Bay Marina & Campground
300 Goose Bay Lane
Townsend, MT 59644
406 266-3065

Kim's Marina & Resort
8015 Canyon Ferry Road
Helena, MT - 59602
406 475-3723

The Silos Marina & Campground
82 Silos Road
Townsend MT 59644
406 980-0266

Click here for a Montana Fishing License.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Court Sheriff Campground - 406 475-3921

Riverside Campground - 406 475-3921

Hellgate Campground - 406 475-3921

Coulter Campground - 406 449-5201

Silos Campground - 406 266-3100

Townsend Campground - 406 266-3100

Roadrunner RV Park - 406 266-4991

Canyon Ferry Lake MT Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

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Contact Information

Canyon Ferry Lake
Kim's Marina & Resort
8015 Canyon Ferry Rd
Helena, MT 59602
406 475-3723


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