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Guest view: Reserve could be an economic game-changer

Billings Gazette

Date: 5/24/2018 8:51:00 AM

Northeast and Central Montana has an amazing constellation of environmental attributes and signature assets centered around Fort Peck Lake, the Missouri Breaks, and the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge that already drive visitation. The American

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Missouri River Country calendar of events

Billings Gazette

Date: 5/13/2018 5:14:00 PM

For information, call 406-228-2222 or visit Held at Fort Peck Lake, this 200-team, 2-day tournament is hosted by Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture. For information, call (406) 228-2222. The “grand daddy” of the Montana

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There are activities for every season around Fort Peck Lake

Billings Gazette

Date: 5/13/2018 11:00:00 AM

There are enough events year-round to draw visitors out to the far-flung reaches of northeast Montana. In a state known for its blue-ribbon stream fishing, anglers at Fort Peck Lake and the surrounding area come for the walleye and pike. In the winter

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It's Ice Fishing Time

Date: 1/31/2018 12:41:00 PM

Bring the kids, sleds, skates and bait for a fun Ice Day at Fort Peck Lake. Entry forms are available at the Glasgow Chamber office, 313 Klein Ave., or online at If you have any questions, call the Chamber office at 406-228-2222

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Four Wildfires Combine to Threaten Homes in Eastern Montana

Yahoo7 News

Date: 1/29/2018 2:14:55 AM

Four wildfires burning in Montana grew into the single Lodgepole Complex on Saturday, July 22, as fire crews battled to bring the blaze under control.Residents living north of Highway 200 to Fort Peck Lake and others in Garfield County were evacuated

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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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