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Posted 1/25/2019

Release no. 19-007

Fort Peck Project Natural Resources staff

FORT PECK, Mont. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is pleased to announce a new Fort Peck ice access site at the Pines Recreation Area. A designated ice access trail has been established through what was formerly known as the Pines Youth Camp. Properly licensed or registered motorized vehicles, including snowmobiles and off-highway vehicle (OHVs), may access the ice using the designated, signed trail.  All other off-road travel is prohibited on Corps lands.  This prohibition includes driving along the shoreline of Fort Peck Lake between the frozen lake and the high water mark except for the purpose of navigating around an ice pressure ridge or open water by the shortest route, not to exceed 1/8 mile.

Once on the ice, recreationists may travel safely at their discretion; however, the US Army Corps of Engineers does not encourage or recommend driving on the ice at any time. Thin ice or open water may exist near springs and pressure ridges and conditions change throughout the winter. 

At this time, the former Pines Youth Camp is open for motorized ice access only, but may be opened for additional recreational activities in the future.  Walk-in use is welcome any time of year.  For more information, call the US Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Peck Project Natural Resources staff at (406) 526-3411.