The town of Fort Peck, Montana offers great entertainment, recreation opportunities and cultural tourism, as well as a chance to see one of the world’s largest dams.
A scenic overlook east of the dam on Montana Highway 24 offers views of Fort Peck Lake and historic information on Lewis and Clark’s journey through northeast Montana.
Fort Peck Lake is a Montana must-see for its size and vacation recreation opportunities. The Lake is surrounded by the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, where you can camp freely. There are six recreation areas just a few miles from the dam, providing access for water sports, fishing and hunting. One, the Beaver Creek Nature Trail, starts at the campground downstream from the dam and leads through wildlife habitat. There’s also Pines Recreation Area, about 20 miles southwest of the dam, a great place for photos.
To learn more about local biology, check out the Leo B. Coleman Wildlife Exhibit, near the Fort Peck Theater. The Fort Peck Theater, by the way, is another local must-see. It was built back in the 1930s as a movie house, but now hosts the local theatre company during the summer. For cultural tours, visit the Fort Peck Museum to view its collection of Native American artifacts and fossils uncovered during the construction of the dam.
The town of Fort Peck has an interesting history, as it was planned and build by federal workers to be the headquarters for the building of the dam in 1933.
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