Water World: Fort Peck

2014-05-22T00:00:00Z 2014-06-13T11:20:53Z Water World: Fort PeckBy KAREN KINSER The Billings Gazette
May 22, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Don’t miss out on some incredible wet ‘n’ wild fun this summer at the Fort Peck Reservoir.

The largest body of water in Montana, this reservoir boasts more than 1,500 miles of unspoiled shoreline along its 134-mile length, and it has the largest hydraulically-filled dam in the nation.

Charted by Lewis and Clark in 1804, the area later emerged as a trading post (established by Col. Campbell K. Peck) and then served as an Indian agency, before the dam construction became part of Roosevelt’s New Deal in 1933.

More than 11,000 workers assisted the U.S. Army Corps in the dam’s seven-year construction, and many of the historical buildings still in the area were originally built to house these workers.

Now, in addition to producing almost 3 million kilowatt hours of electricity per day, the dam and reservoir provide a remote recreational heaven in the northeast corner of our really big state.

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