Canyon Ferry Announces Summer Campground Fees

Media Contact: Paula A. Holwegner, (406) 247-7300

For Release: January 24, 2012

BILLINGS, MONT. -– Reclamation announced that the Canyon Ferry Field Office would begin collecting fees for group shelters and campsites at Canyon Ferry Reservoir, beginning May 11, 2012.

Overnight Camping Fees:

  • Campsites at Chinamen's, Jo Bonner, Hellgate, and White Earth Campgrounds are $10.00 per night with one sleeping unit per campsite.
  • Campsites at Court Sheriff and Riverside Campgrounds are $15.00 per night with one sleeping unit per campsite.

Group Shelter Reservations:

Parties wishing to reserve a shelter for the 2012 recreation season must submit a request form with a non-refundable application fee or $10.00 check, cash, or money order to the Canyon Ferry Office by close of business on February 15, 2012. The application fee will apply towards the total fee for the successful applicant.

A random drawing will be conducted on February 16. Successful applicants will be notified by mail within 10 days following the drawing. Reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis for locations and dates that are still available after the drawing.

Reservation request forms, 2012 shelter use fees, and additional information can be obtained from Reclamation's Canyon Ferry Field Office at 7700 Canyon Ferry Road, Helena, MT 59602 or by calling 406-475-3921. Additional information and the reservation request form can also be found at:

Campers who possess a Golden Age or Golden Access card or the Interagency Senior Pass or Interagency Access Pass will receive a 50 percent discount on camping fees. Campgrounds operated by the Bureau of Reclamation that are undeveloped or have dispersed camping are open and free to the public.

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