Cottonwood Campground, Townsend, MT

Canyon Ferry Wildlife Management Area

Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks

Free Camping on Canyon Ferry Lake, MT

Cottonwood Campground is a small camping area managed by the US Bureau of Reclamation, but on land administered by Montana Department of Fish Wildlife & Parks. It’s a free campground with only four (4) RV campsites, but enough room for a few more rigs. The campground was originally intended to serve fishermen, but is often used by folks solely interested in camping.


Canyon Ferry Wildlife Management Area

Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks

Canyon Ferry WMA Office:

Tel: (406) 266-3367


GPS: 46.34880, -111.53315

Reservations: First come, first served

Camping Fee: None

Permit: Conservation License, $8.00 for MT residents, $10.00 for non-residents

Max Stay: 14 days

Amenities: Tables, grills, trash cans, pit toilet

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Cottonwood Campground, Townsend, MT

How Crowded: Rarely visited by campers, this small campground offers four (4) official campsites, one of which is a well-shaded pull-through intended for disabled persons. One other site is a concrete pad, with the other two located on grass lots. The area is mostly visited by fishermen there for the day.

How Noisy or Peaceful: Most of the noise comes from trucks passing along Highway 287. There are also train tracks on the other side of the highway, and you will hear train noise every so often.

Cellular Phone Signal: Cellular signal comes in good with Verizon and T-Mobile, but fair to average with AT&T.

Road Conditions: Entrance from Highway 287 is a dirt road that immediately goes down a small dip, which is not so bad, but could be troublesome getting back on to the highway. Otherwise, access through the small camping area is well-packed dirt, suitable for 2WD.

Amenities Within Campground: Picnic tables, fire rings, trash cans, pit toilet.

Cost of Camping: free.

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Rules for Canyon Ferry Wildlife Management Area WMA - Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, published 2022

Canyon Ferry Reservoir, Map and Camping Rules - US Bureau of Reclamation, 2022

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