Fort Peck Lake

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2,234.81 FEET
11/5/2015
Full Pool: 2,234.0
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Smudzinski Wins Ice Fishing Derby

glasgowcourier.com

Date: 2/15/2017 1:24:00 PM

The 19th Annual Ice Fishing Derby was held Feb. 11 at the Dredge Cuts Trout Pond at Fort Peck Lake. This year's derby was very successful compared to the past two years, as the previous event was canceled due to lack of ice and the 2015 derby only saw one

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On diversity, argued in terms of Minnesotans

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Date: 2/9/2017 4:17:00 AM

They skate, ski, snowmobile, and fish through the ice, all the while remaining cheery and upbeat. Mike stayed with us at our cabin on Fort Peck Lake last week to ice fish for a few days. He was out at first light to check tip-ups on his snowmobile in below

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Fall in Love with Wild America

blog.nwf.org

Date: 2/8/2017 9:53:00 AM

My pick is the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, a 1.1-million acre refuge that encompasses Fort Peck Lake. NWF is actively marking fence to prevent sage-grouse deaths, as well as working to restore bison to the area. It is one of the most

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Water Resources Outlook (January 2017)

Southeast River Forecast Center

Date: 1/27/2017

We examine the water resouces outlook for the southeast U.S. as of January 2017

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I'm no longer a daredevil, but my wife sure is

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Date: 1/19/2017 4:09:00 AM

Her snowboard has been gathering dust for years. Then we bought a cabin on a hill at Fort Peck Lake and she couldn’t stop talking about someday riding her powder board down the slope. I was anything but enthusiastic about her plans, reminding her over

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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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