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Gianforte the candidate supporting public access

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Date: 9/19/2016 11:08:00 PM

We could lose it as a state park. Hell Creek State Park is one of the best ways for Montanans to access Fort Peck Lake. This will directly impact people who love to boat, fish, and simply enjoy staying at the campground and/or marina. The Bullock

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Bullock Unwilling to Debate in Northeast Montana

Date: 9/7/2016 1:24:00 PM

6: “After twice rejecting much needed infrastructure spending and with his parks board considering closing Hell Creek State Park on Fort Peck Lake, it’s not surprising that career politician Steve Bullock won’t debate in Eastern Montana. The people

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The Thing About Water

Date: 9/7/2016 1:09:00 PM

Now friends, I don’t want to come across sounding like Al Gore, but the numbers don’t lie. Fort Peck Lake holds about 18,700,000 acre feet of water as the fifth largest fresh water lake in the Continental US. That would be somewhere in the vicinity of

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Fort Peck Lake Boat Rentals and Jet Ski

Date: 9/3/2016 7:31:08 PM

Have fun at Fort Peck lake boat rentals and jet ski rental by renting out a MasterCraft boat from Invert Sports. VX Deluxe waverunner rental (with reverse) is powered by Yamaha MR-1 four stroke engine. This is a compact, ultra-lightweight, 110 horsepower

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Montana Fun Facts : Questions & Answers

Date: 8/29/2016 5:00:00 PM

In northeast Montana lies one of the biggest artificial lakes in the whole of the USA, Fort Peck Lake. Which major river does this reservoir form part of? The Missouri rises at Brower's Spring in western Montana. It flows first north and then generally

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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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