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Jo Bonner, Montana Campground Photos, Directions & Reservations

Jo Bonner Campground Photos


Jo Bonner Campground is located at the Northeastern end of Canyon Ferry Reservoir; 30 miles east of Helena, Montana and offers year-round access to a wide range of recreational opportunities. Jo Bonner Campground is named for Josephine Agnes Martin Bonner (1907-1965) by Montana’s Governor John Bonner (1902-1970). Today, Jo Bonner Campground is a small quaint campground that offers easy access.


Jo Bonner Campground has 17 designated campsites . Each campsite has a picnic table and a fire rings. During the recreation season facilities at Jo Bonner campground include two vault toilets, potable water, trash dumpster, and a campground host.  There is a gravel boat launch with a courtesty dock located just outside of the campground.

Natural Features

Jo Bonner Campground is located at northern end of Canyon Ferry Reservoir between the Big Belt and Elkhorns mountain ranges.


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, ice boaters and ice skaters.

Recreation Sites

  • Standard Nonelectric
  • Overnight


  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Water Activities
  • Boating


  • Accessible Parking
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Drinking Water (peak season)
  • Host
  • Lake Access
  • Vault Toilets
  • Campfire Rings
  • Picnic Table
  • Accessible Campsites

Nearby Attractions

Jo Bonner Campground on Canyon Ferry Reservoir is located halfway between Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park along with the capital city of Helena, Montana. For up to date events visit,

Directions and Contact Information

Heading north along MT Highway 12/287 from Townsend, MT, turn right onto Spokane Creek Road. Follow Spokane Creek Road for 4.6 miles and turn right onto County Road 430/Canyon Ferry Road and continue 7.9 miles. Turn right on to East Shore Drive and continue straight .3 miles to Jo Bonner Campground.

Need to Know

  • No show reservations are subject to cancellation after the third night.
  • Campsites must be occupied each night.
  • Personal property used to reserve campsites, including RVs and tents will be removed in accordance with 43 CFR Part 423.23.
  • All campsites are to be considered single unit sites unless marked as a double site. Single campsites are limited to one camping / sleeping unit per campsite. An exception will be made for parents with young children; Parents may have one additional tent for children under the age of 18.
  • RVs, vehicles and trailers must be parked on the gravel/pavement and within designated areas of the campsite or established parking area provided. Parking on the grass is prohibited.
  • Quiet hours are from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Be considerate of other campers. Activities and noise should be kept to a level that does not disturb other campers. Generators are not allowed during quiet hours. The use of loud, profane, or abusive language or music is prohibited.
  • Pets must be physically restrained by a leash 6′ or less in length or a structure. Do not leave pets left unattended. It is your responsibility to clean up after your own pet.
  • Check in time is 5pm. Check out time is 4pm.

While at Canyon Ferry Reservoir: 

CLEAN, DRAIN, DRY boats and any other recreational equipment that comes in contact with water. Never dump unwanted bait, worms, fish parts or other organisms into the water. For more information visit 

STOP THE SPREAD OF INVASIVE SPECIES. REMOVE plants, seeds, animals and mud from boots, gear, pets, and vehicle. CLEAN your gear before entering and leaving the recreation site. STAY on designated roads and trails and use local firewood. For more information visit

Location Map

Latitude : 46° 38′ 40.6572″ N
Longitude: 111° 41′ 0.8736″ W

Mailing Address

HELENA, MT 59602

Phone Number

(406) 475-3920.

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