Fort Peck Lake

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2,236.49 FEET
1/15/2019
Full Pool: 2,234.0
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Motorized access to Fort Peck limited in winter

Billings Gazette

Date: 1/9/2019 2:30:00 PM

All other off-road travel is prohibited on USACE lands. This prohibition includes driving along the shoreline of Fort Peck Lake or the Dredge Cuts between the frozen lake and the high water mark

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Want a boat dock on Lake Lanier? Live at Bay Pointe!

Patsy Mercer

Date: 1/8/2019

Before buying a lot or building a new home on Lake Lanier, first find out if the land comes with a boat dock. Because if it doesn’t, your chances of securing a new dock permit are slim to none. Lake Lanier already is at its maximum number of boat docks at a little over 10,600. Before that limit could be

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It is folly to try to redesign nature for the sake of tourists

Independent Record

Date: 12/13/2018 5:00:00 AM

Hunters and fishermen and sightseers still visit the Missouri breaks and Fort Peck Lake. Bird watchers and star watchers of those magnificent dark star-studded skies are always welcome too in

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Homicide charge dismissed against ND man in brother's death

Valley News Live

Date: 12/8/2018 12:01:00 PM

The Billings Gazette reports Valley County investigators have determined it was unlikely John Ersness of Sawyer, North Dakota, killed 62-year-old Corwin Ersness at his residence on Fort Peck Lake on S

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Homicide charge dismissed against ND man in brother’s death

The Republic

Date: 12/7/2018 9:00:00 PM

The Billings Gazette reports Valley County investigators have determined it was unlikely John Ersness of Sawyer, North Dakota, killed 62-year-old Corwin Ersness at his residence on Fort Peck Lake on S

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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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