Explore the extraordinary recreation and wildlife area of Canyon Ferry Lake along the Lewis & Clark Trail. From Helena head southeast on U.S. Highway 12/287. As you get near Townsend, watch for antelope and deer. You’ll see the Big Belt Mountains to the east and the Elkhorn Mountains to the west. The area just north of Townsend is a Wildlife Management Area with great opportunities for wildlife viewing. Follow Highway 12 as it goes east until you reach Highway 284, then turn north. This will take you along the eastern shore of the lake where there are plenty of water recreation opportunities. Watch for the historic St. Joseph’s Canton Church and cemetery. Then you can stop at the visitor’s center before you cross Canyon Ferry Dam and return to Helena.