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Overview of Goose Bay Dispersed Camping

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Pad Type dirt

Elevation 3,772 ft / 1,149 m

Max Stay 14

Tent Camping Yes

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Reviews of Goose Bay Dispersed Camping 2 people have reviewed this location.

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Cell Phone Coverage

4bars
Verizon 4G/LTE
Confirmed by 2 Users
Last reported 7/17/2020
5bars
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Confirmed by 1 User
Last reported 7/17/2020
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thecampingnerd
ID 32' Heartland Prowler Dodge 2500
18 reviews
“This place is fantastic! There isn't a bad campsite in the entire area and everyone is next to water.”

Reviewed 7/17/2020

Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 14
Overall Rating

This place is amazing. You can camp right next to the water and each campsite has a picnic table and a nearby vault toilet. It’s a very popular place especially on the weekends but there are tons of campsites and chances are you will be able to find some sort of spot except for on holidays.

We were there in late June/early July. There was a quick thunderstorm almost every evening and it rained a lot but in between the rain, it got warm enough to swim and enjoy the water.
We camped there over the 4th of July and every single site was taken four days before the 4th. If you like peace and quiet steer clear of that campground on holidays.

There are two loops with free campsites. The last loop is right next to the pay campground and I think a lot of people miss it. Make sure you drive down it because the second loop had some of the best spots.

If you get to the roundabout at the end of the road you’ve now entered the pay campground and you’ve gone too far but anything before the roundabout is free camping.

The nearby campground has a $10 dump station and free water over by the vault toilets. There’s even a small store with propane exchange and showers you can pay to use.

There are 3 free handicap campsites that have a cement pad and are located right next to each of the 3 vault toilets. Every campsite is big rig friendly and the roads weren’t too bad when we were there. Also, the data speed and cell service on both of our phones were phenomenal.

If you camp there in late July and August be sure to watch out for HABs (Harmful Algal Blooms) as they are common in Canyon Ferry Lake during that time of year. If bluish algae is floating on the water keep all people and pets far away from it because it can make you very sick and could even be fatal for a pet.

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5bars
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thecampingnerd would stay here again

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RoadPickle.com
Menifee, CA 28' ATC Toy Hauler 2017 Chevrolet 2500 HD
35 reviews
“Gorgeous sunsets, lakeside boondocking”

Reviewed 7/24/2019

Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 7
Overall Rating

Goose Bay Dispersed is the free alternative to nearby Goose Bay Marina & Campground. The dispersed area is on land owned by the Bureau of Reclamation. While the Bureau doesn't mention this area on its official literature, they have added some development to it, including a pit toilet, an ADA compliant camp site, and signage with rules.

This is probably the best free camping along Canyon Ferry Lake. There is a wide, reasonably smooth, firm-packed dirt road into this area. The sites are huge, mostly level, and all situated on the shoreline. There are no campfire restrictions. You get the standard 14-day limit.

In terms of cleanliness, you can see some trash spottings around, but not anymore than the typical dispersed camping areas. It's mostly quiet here, even on the weekends. The only noise you're going to hear are people riding their personal watercraft, or floating on inflatables. There are children here, but I never saw them wandering into my camp or hearing them make unreasonable noises.

It also seems pretty safe here. I often left my trailer unattended to go into town, and never encountered a problem.

Verizon 4G comes "so so", getting 3 bars of signal. I did note that upload/download speeds seem to be slower here despite the 3 bars.

If you plan to camp here, try to arrive before Thursday night. I noticed locals will get here on Thursday, and hold down a site and then wait for their friends and family to arrive by Friday and Saturday.

Next door, at Goose Bay Marina & Campground, they have an RV dump. They also have potable water, but the water is located in the parking lot. They also have a camp store, and they sell gasoline and propane. If you camp in the dispersed area, you can still use the boat ramp at the Marina, and then anchor your boat next to your camp site.

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3bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

RoadPickle.com would stay here again

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thecampingnerd
ID 32' Heartland Prowler Dodge 2500
18 reviews
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thecampingnerd
ID 32' Heartland Prowler Dodge 2500
18 reviews
Free Camping By The Water At Canyon Ferry Lake, Montana

We stayed at Goose Bay Dispersed, on Canyon Ferry Lake, Montana in late June 2020.Our Previous Stop: Yellowstone – Fish Creek Rd Review & InfoOur Next Stop: Montana Campground Info Location: 46.542100,...

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RoadPickle.com
Menifee, CA 28' ATC Toy Hauler 2017 Chevrolet 2500 HD
35 reviews
Goose Bay Dispersed Area, Montana - Free Camping - Road Pickle

Goose Bay is an area along Canyon Ferry Lake, at its eastern shore, about 30 minutes east of Helena, Montana. There’s actually two campgrounds at Goose Bay, this one, the dispersed area,...

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Amenities

Hookups
  • dry camping
  • Dispersed Camping
Recreation
  • fishing
  • water access
Facilities
  • group sites
  • restrooms: vault
Pets
  • pets

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