Continent
North America
Country
Montana (USA)
Next Big City
Helena
Next Town
Canyon Ferry
 
Type:
Lake
Rider Ability:
Intermediate, Expert
Features:
Camping, Shop, Shower, Toilet, Food, Parking

Water

Type:
Flat, Chop
Hazards:
No information
Quality:
Clean
Best Tide:
Tide independent

Canyone Ferry Lake is a man made reservoir, 28 miles long by 2-6 miles wide. Flat water and choppy when the wind gets stronger.

Beach

Type:
Rocks
Size:
Small
Hazards:
No information
Beach Users:
No information

The beach at Kim's Marina is rocky, but with ample room for launching.

Weather

Spring:
Normal, Thick
Summer:
Shorts, Shorty
Fall:
Normal, Thick
Winter:
Thick

The season is from Late April to early October on water. Beginning and end of the season are drysuit/wetsuit, mid season is shorts or shorty wetsuit. Winter season is exceptional for ice kiting and snow.

Wind

Best Months:
No information
Wind Type:
No information
Best Direction:
SW, WSW, W
Main Direction:
SW, WSW, W

Wind blows regularly W-SW usually 15-20. Prevailing wind is W-SW, with sideshore winds along the width of the lake.



How to get there

Transport
Car
Access
Short walk

From Helena, take Canyon Ferry road to the lake (18 miles), cross Canyon Ferry Dam, and pull into Kim's Marina. Launch is at the point. Parking is next to the beach.

Extra information

Rules
Fees

No special restrictions, night time camping fees. 10 mile down winders from Kim's Marina to Helgate campground with car pickup are a local favorite.

Nightlife

Local parties. O'Malley's bar is located across from Kim's Marina.