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Fort Peck fishery update on tap at WU meeting; banquet tickets on sale

Billings Gazette

Date: 2/1/2016 2:08:00 PM

Fisheries biologist Heath Headley will provide a fish population update on Fort Peck Lake to Walleyes Unlimited on Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Squire Lounge. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. This is the group's last meeting before its 23rd annual Walleyes

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Paddlefish popularity prompts fishing tag lottery

Great Falls Tribune

Date: 1/26/2016 10:12:00 AM

Russell National Wildlife Refuge between Fort Benton and Fort Peck Lake, Nagel said. The estimated population of sexually mature paddlefish on the Upper Missouri between Fort Benton and Fort Peck Lake is 20,000, Nagle said. Males reach maturity at 10 to 12

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Fort Peck Reservoir is iced over

Billings Gazette

Date: 1/19/2016 12:01:00 PM

Fort Peck Lake is completely frozen over, according to John Daggett at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Fort Peck. He made the observation from the dam. Daggett cautioned that recreationists venturing on to the ice need to use good judgment and check

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Sharon A. “Kelly” Archambeault

Billings Gazette

Date: 1/16/2016 7:53:00 AM

Kelly particularly enjoyed the trips to the Hawaiian Islands with friends and business associates, boating at Whitefish Lake and Fort Peck Lake and “doing the loop” with her family. The family would like to thank the caregivers at Frances Mahon

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Student Spotlight: Wasson shines at Meadow Lark

Great Falls Tribune

Date: 12/14/2015 7:27:00 AM

Fun facts about this student: Tori likes to fish and compete in fishing tournaments. She has placed second in a tournament at Fort Peck Lake. Putting worms, minnows and leeches on a hook are not a problem for this girl. Tori has a good sense of humor and

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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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