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Overview of Cottonwood Campground

Number of Sites 4

Pad Type dirt

Open Seasonally Yes

Elevation 3,772 ft / 1,149 m

Max Stay 14

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Verizon 4G/LTE
Confirmed by 1 User
Last reported 7/24/2019
Menifee, CA 28' ATC Toy Hauler 2017 Chevrolet 2500 HD
35 reviews
“Secluded camping close to Townsend, MT”

Reviewed 7/24/2019

Nightly rate: FREE!
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This is the only campground on Canyon Ferry Lake not owned by the Bureau of Reclamation. It's owned by the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, and is part of the greater Canyon Ferry Wildlife Management Area (WMA).

The campground is located half-way up an unnamed dirt road. The road is easy to drive on, there are some potholes and light mud, but otherwise doable by any vehicle. There are four campsites. Two of them are on a grassy area under full sun. One is a pull through site under complete shade. The other is an ADA compliant campsite on concrete pad. The sites have fire rings, picnic tables, and there is a pit toilet on site.

The campground is meant to serve boaters and fishermen who come here frequently to launch their boats. The boat ramp lies further up the unnamed dirt road. There are no campsites further up the road.

The unnamed road into this area branches off of Highway 287 and has a "fairly" steep drop down. Pulling a trailer, or driving a motorhome down from this is probably pretty easy enough, but pulling it up and back onto the highway could be more tricky. It's hard packed gravel, and traffic along the highway moves pretty fast. You might spin your tires trying to get out of there, but considering so many other campers do it, I'm sure anyone you can do it too.

There is no mention of a camping limit. One assumes 14-days? I do note that the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks exercises a 7-day limit at many of their other campgrounds.

This is otherwise a very quiet place to camp, and is completely surrounded by tall trees. The sites are somewhat close together, and there's isn't much margin for creating more privacy. Verizon 4G comes in good at 4 bars.

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  • dry camping
  • boat ramp
  • fishing
  • water access
Site Amenities
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • pets


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