Silos Campground is a paid-campground along the western shore of Canyon Ferry Lake, Montana. It’s the only paid-campground owned by the Bureau of Reclamation, but managed by the County of Broadwater. Sites cannot be reserved online. It’s strictly walk-in only, first-come-first-serve.
I came here for one night on Sunday, July 14, 2019, because I needed to be close to the town of Townsend, MT, for a tooth extraction the next day. There are actually campgrounds closer to Townsend, but I had visited them to check them out, and just didn’t like them. Silos Campground seemed to be a good balance of low cost and decent looking digs.
Fees are paid on the honor system, placing your $10.00 in an envelope and shoving the envelope into a collection tube at the front of each campground loop.
Verizon 4G coverage comes in great, 5 bars.
Considering I arrived on Sunday, the entire Silos Campground was largely vacant, aside from a few stragglers and the camp host.
The campground is not necessarily pretty, but still designed in such a way that there’s plenty of room between sites, with a number of trees for aesthetic appearances, though not enough for shade. There’s no lawn grass here no decorative vegetation, just whatever wild grasses and ground cover that grows naturally along the Montana plain.
As for amenities, each campsite has a picnic table and a fire ring. The campground itself has pit toilets and potable water faucet.
The closest RV dump is at the Townsend KOA just a 1/4 mile up the road. They have a dump for $5.00. No potable water here. The KOA does have propane tank refilling.
The road leading into Silos Campground is all paved. Once you get into the campground, it’s hard packed gravel. No hills, no ruts, all pretty easy driving.
Since I only needed to be here for a night, Silos Campground served its purpose. I wouldn’t stay here long term. Goose Bay Dispersed Area offers much better camping for free, just on the other side of Canyon Ferry Lake.