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Water Resources Outlook for September, 17 2015

NWS Southeast River Forecast Center

Date: 9/17/2015

Water Resources Outlook for September, 17

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Premise of column was misguided

Independent Record

Date: 9/13/2015 2:03:00 PM

It claims “(Original Americans’) lives centered on a close relationship with buffalo for thousands of years” then proposes sending buffalo to Fort Peck Lake. Yes, Original Americans had a “close relationship with buffalo.” It really mattered to

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Generational Journey

Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan

Date: 8/30/2015 8:56:00 PM

During his travels, he did run into some major inconveniences. A couple incidences involved a tornado near Pierre and a major storm on Fort Peck Lake in Montana. "It shows you what could happen and what my canoe can do," he said. "You can’t sink her

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Fort Peck Sailing Club Hosts Sailing Event This Weekend

Date: 8/12/2015 1:58:00 PM

The 2015 Fort Peck Lake Sailing Regatta begins Friday, Aug. 14, with a racing seminar from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. The seminar will be for the benefit of all sailors and race committee members, or for anyone curious about sailboat racing in general. Also at 2 p.m

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Deadline to register for Camp Walleye is Friday, July 31

Great Falls Tribune

Date: 7/29/2015 4:11:00 PM

Check for Montana boating laws. Fort Peck men win Governor’s Cup Walleye Tournament The overall winner of the Montana Governor’s Cup Walleye Tournament at Fort Peck Lake was Sam Lawson and Clay Kittleson who had 14.02 pounds on Day 1 and 20

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• River: Missouri River
• Length: 1,520 Miles
• Surface Area: 245,000 Acres
• Volume: 18,700,000 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 10,200 Square Miles
• Average Depth: 76 Feet
• Maximum Depth: 220 feet
• Length: 134 Miles
Fort Peck Lake, or Lake Fort Peck, is a major reservoir in Montana, formed by the Fort Peck Dam on the Missouri River. The lake lies in the eastern prairie region of Montana approximately 140 miles east of Great Falls and 120 miles north of Billings, reaching into portions of six counties.
The dam and reservoir were built in response to severe flooding along the Missouri River in the early 20th century, which hampered the economic development of the Missouri River Valley and damaged production of military supplies for then-ongoing World War II. In response, the federal government created the Pick-Sloan Plan, calling for a series of dams and reservoirs to be built along the Missouri and its tributaries. Fort Peck Dam was built from 1933 to 1940 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; water impoundment began in 1937 and the reservoir was first filled to capacity in 1947.
With a volume of 18,700,000 acre feet when full, Fort Peck is the fifth largest artificial lake in the United States. It extends 134 miles through central Montana, and its twisting, inlet-studded shoreline has a total length of some 1,520 miles. Along with the Missouri River, smaller tributaries such as the Musselshell River, Fourchette Creek, Timber Creek, Hell Creek and Dry Creek feed the reservoir; the latter forms the longest side arm of the reservoir, which reaches some 30 miles southwards. The lake covers an area of 245,000 acres, making it the largest in Montana by surface area, although Flathead Lake has a larger volume due to its greater depth.
The reservoir is also a tourist attraction, with 27 designated recreational sites bordering its shores. Bordering nearly the entire reservoir is the 1,719-square-mile. Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, which has preserved much of the high prairie and hill country around the lake in a more or less natural state.
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