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About Riverside Campground and Group Use Area

Riverside Group Use Shelter is located at Riverside Campground, 30 miles east of Helena, Montana, at the northern end of Canyon Ferry Reservoir below the Canyon Ferry Dam. Canyon Ferry and Hauser Reservoirs offer year-round access to a wide range of recreational opportunities. Construction of the new Canyon Ferry Dam began in July 1949 and was completed in November 1954. Today, the dam stands 172 feet above the Missouri River and can hold 2,050,900 acre-feet of water creating a reservoir 25 miles long.


Canyon Ferry Reservoir offers a wide range of year-round recreational opportunities. Water related activities include everything from swimming and fishing to sailing and motor-boating. Canoeists and kayakers explore the many quiet backwater bays. Jet skiers, windsurfers and water skiers skim the summer waves, while winter draws ice fishermen and ice skaters.


Riverside Group Use Shelter is 30' X 44' shelter with eight picnic tables, an accessible vault toilet and seven campsites. Riverside Campground has 27 designated campsites, a boat ramp, parking area for boat trailers and several day use picnic sites. During the peak summer months services include vault toilets, potable water, trash, recycling containers and campground hosts.

Natural Features

Riverside Campground and Group Use Shelter sits below Canyon Ferry Dam along the banks of Hauser Reservoir.

Nearby Attractions

Riverside Group Use Shelter is located halfway between Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park. The city of Helena, Montana, the state capital, is 25 miles away. For up to date events visit,

ADA Access: N

Bureau of Reclamation
Drive In
Boat In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
No Market
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Trash Available
Riverside Campground and Group Use Area is located in Montana
46.6564 N
-111.7348 W
Get Directions
From Helena, MT: Head east along Co Rd 430/Canyon Ferry Rd from Helena, MT, continue for 18 miles to Jim Town Road and turn left. Continue straight until you reach the campground. From Townsend, MT: Head north on Hwy 284 for 34 miles and turn right at Jim Town Road. Continue straight until you reach the campground.
2 Reviews of Riverside Campground and Group Use Area
Very Nice campground below Canyon Ferry Dam

A nice campground below Canyon Ferry Dam on the Missouri River. This campground seems to get less traffic than those on the lake. Paved roads through the campground, walking paths with benches. Nice boat ramp with plenty of parking. Nice group use shelter and camping area available. Best site in the campground is #17, not on the river but you get your own shelter. Concrete picnic tables, trash service and recycling available for Aluminum and #1, #2 plastics.

First to Review
Clean and Quiet

Located below a dam, this quiet park is much more than meets the eye. My husband and I spent a night here in April. It was the off season - so camping was free. There was a warm, CLEAN bathroom. It had a safe feeling to it.