Indian Road Campground, Townsend, MT

Canyon Ferry Lake

US Bureau of Reclamation

Free Camping on Canyon Ferry Lake, MT

Indian Road Campground is one of a handful of free developed campgrounds operated by the US Bureau of Reclamation, but on land administered by Montana Department of Fish Wildlife & Parks. The campsites are small, intended for cars, vans, pickup trucks, and small trailers. However, it’s a great option for those wanting to explore the shops and restaurants of downtown Townsend, MT.


Canyon Ferry Lake

US Bureau of Reclamation

Canyon Ferry Field Office:

Tel: (406) 475-3921


GPS: 46.33318, -111.52887

Reservations: First come, first served

Camping Fee: None

Permit: None

Max Stay: 14 days

Amenities: Tables, grills, trash cans, pit toilet

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Indian Road Campground, Townsend, MT

How Crowded: Even on weekends, Indian Road Campground is not that busy, though weekdays will give you the best choice of campsites.

How Noisy or Peaceful: Locals do tend to party here on weekends. Otherwise, you will also hear noise from trucks passing along Highway 287, and there are also trains paralleling the highway.

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 all paved, and the roads within the campground is hard-packed dirt, suitable for any vehicle.

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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