Frequently Asked Questions

Where Is Canyon Ferry Crossing?

Canyon Ferry Crossing is located in west central Montana, midway between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. It is 3 hours driving distance to Yellowstone and 4 hours driving distance to Glacier.

Where is the nearest ton?

Helena is only a 20-minute drive using good highways. Helena has all of the attributes of a state capital and a college town, combined with the charm of an old gold mining town. The “Last Chance Gulch” walking mall is located in the center of the downtown historic district and features shops, restaurants, galleries and museums. A symphony orchestra, dance company and theatre group provide cultural diversity in an architecturally significant and historic setting.

What about airline services?

The Helena Regional Airport is the most reliable departure and arrival airport in Montana. There are 14 daily scheduled passenger flights with Delta/Sky West, Northwest, Alaska/Horizon and Big Sky airlines with connections to most major cities.

What medical services are available?

Helena is the major medical center for the region with a broad selection of primary care doctors, medical specialists, and other healthcare providers. St. Peter’s Hospital offers a full range of services and there is a Veteran’s Administration Hospital at Ft. Harrison. The numerous retirement and assisted living facilities in Helena evidence the quality and extent of healthcare services available locally.

Is financing available?

Yes, Mountain West Bank of Helena offers canyon Ferry Crossing buyers an extraordinary financing package. Call us for more details.

How much are property taxes?

Property taxes are approximately 1.58% of the market value. There is no sales tax in Montana.

Is there local fire and police protection?

Yes. The fire station is less than one-quarter mile away from Canyon Ferry Crossing. The county sheriff regularly patrols our community and this area of the lowest crime rates in the nation.

What utilities are provided to the homesites?

Electric and telephone lines run underground to each homesite. Well and septic locations have been engineered and located for each homesite. Estimated homeowner cost for installation of the well and septic system is approximately $12-18,000.

Are the roads surfaced in the community?

Yes. Community roads are made of recycled asphalt, creating a smooth, hard, all-weather surface. Maintenance is minor because this surface does not “wash-board” like gravel or “pot-hole” like conventional asphalt. Winter snowplowing is taken care of by the homeowners association, though it is . infrequently required.

Are there protective covenants and a homeowner’s association?

Yes. There are covenants and architectural guidelines designed to preserve and protect your investment. The monthly assessment for the homeowners association, which covers road maintenance, common area maintenance and street lighting at intersections, is $40.

How cold does it get in the winter?

Winters in this part of Montana are much milder than is generally believed by non-residents. This area is called the “Banana Belt” by Montanans. The average high temperature in January, the coldest month, is 28 degrees Fahrenheit and there is very little snow accumulation. Because of the surrounding mountains and relatively low elevation (4000′), it is dry and sunny most days of the year. All homesites have southern exposure.

                                               Jan.           Apr.           Jul.
Avg. daily high temp           28              55               84               59_
Avg. daily low temp             8                30               52               32
Avg. precip. (inches)          .66              1.01            1.04            .65

What water recreational activities are at Canyon Ferry Crossing?

Canyon Ferry Lake is the first and largest of a chain of three lakes in the area. This 27-mile long and delightfully uncrowded lake offers secluded islands, sand beaches, swimming, boating, water skiing and sailing. A full service marina is located nearby and the yacht club schedules sail boat races throughout the summer. The lake holds trout, salmon, walleye and pike for fishing. Scenic boat tours on the third lake explore a canyon that so impressed Lewis and Clark that they named it “Gates of the Mountains”. The 60-mile stretch of the’Missouri River north of the third lake is one of the finest Blue Ribbon trout streams in the country, featuring dry fly-fishing for very large and numerous rainbow and brown trout.
Canyon Ferry Crossing is an excellent base for day trips to Montana’s other nearby fabled trout streams, many of which are within an one-hour drive.

What about hiking, biking, camping and horseback riding?

Canyon Ferry Crossing borders more than a million acres of the Helena National Forest with numerous hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and camping opportunities.

What wildlife is in the area?

Deer and elk are abundant and use the wildlife corridor that1 runs through the community into the national”forest. Many osprey nests surround the lake and hundreds of bald eagles migrate through the area each year from mid-October to mid-December, and feed on the spawning Kokanee salmon below Canyon Ferry Dam. Colorful mountain bluebirds and hummingbirds abound and grouse, pheasant and quail are also plentiful in the area.

Can I buy a ‘finished home if I don’t want to build?

Yes. Two homes are currently being built for purchase and will be available for occupancy soon.

What religious denominations are in the area?

There are 36 different religious denominations represented in the Helena area