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The Canyon Ferry Valley is rich with recreational opportunities! The lake spans for 25 miles leaving plenty of room to boat, fish, sport fish, sail, swim, water ski and more. It is proudly Montana’s 3rd largest body of water and a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. There are 24 recreation sites that are maintained by the Bureau of Reclamation. Fishing is phenomenal and you can reel in Trout, Salmon, Perch, and Walleye year round. When the snow flies, the lake is dotted with ice fishing huts and is also utilized for ice skating and ice boat sailing. In addition, there is the Canyon Ferry Wildlife Management Area that encompasses 5,129 acres. The goal of this area is to maintain the existing habitat and provide a place for wildlife viewing and hunting. Archery, shotgun, muzzleloader and traditional handgun can be used to hunt white-tailed deer and birds such as pheasants, ducks and Canada geese. The area is superb for viewing migratory or nesting birds such as Canada geese, double-crested cormorants, American white pelicans, Caspian tern and ospreys. White-tailed deer, beaver, raccoon, mink, red fox and sometimes otters and moose can be observed.
The area around Townsend, Montana is well-known for prominent elk hunting. The designated property lies within Hunting District 391 for deer/elk/lion. Elk herds have been caught on film by the landowner and are known to travel these areas and up along the Little Belt Mountains. Permits can be purchased for general deer license or general elk license to hunt brow-tined bull or antlerless elk. There is a specific season for hunting brow-tined bull elk on National Forest Land as well.