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Electrifying photo exhibit coming to Lewistown

Great Falls Tribune

Date: 8/24/2016 11:28:00 AM

On one night this summer, he watched two storms track east across Fort Peck Lake. “They gave one of the most active light shows I have ever witnessed,” he said. The most memorable photo he captured that night shows lightning streaking through a purple

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Gateway to Fort Peck Lake

Date: 8/21/2016 12:20:09 AM

My wife must worry a lot about me starving to death when I camp and fish at Hell Creek State Park. “ Did you remember the food cooler?” she always asks. “ Yes, I packed the food cooler.” “ Do you have eggs, bacon, coffee for breakfast, and enough

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Trophy Fishing on Fort Peck Lake

Date: 8/17/2016 5:00:00 PM

Description: Guided fishing on Fort Peck Reservoir for trophy walleye, northern pike and smallmouth bass. Sleep and eat home cooking on houseboats and fish from Crestliner boats. We also offer combination hunting (by boat) and fishing trips in October and

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Fort Peck Lake, Montana, USA

Date: 8/17/2016 12:59:26 PM

Fort Peck Lake, located 20 miles southeast of Glasgow, Montana on Montana Highway 24, is the 5th-largest man-made reservoir by volume in the United States and is Montana's largest lake. Named after an old trading post, Fort Peck Lake is one of six lakes on

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Coast of Montana: Can-Am Fort Peck Sailing Regatta is Aug. 20-21


Date: 8/14/2016 5:49:00 PM

Have you heard you need water for that? But old hands charting a course for the Can-Am Fort Peck Sailing Regatta, set for this coming weekend, Aug. 20-21, know how to answer: the water’s in Fort Peck Lake, and that lake is 134 miles long, with 1,520

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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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