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Fort Peck Bonetrail truck traffic to temporarily increase

Published July 25, 2022
Updated: July 25, 2022
The Fort Peck Bonetrail recreation area low water boat ramp.

The Fort Peck Bonetrail recreation area low water boat ramp.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District will be improving access to the Bonetrail low water boat ramp on the north side of Fort Peck Lake, 60 miles west of Fort Peck, Montana.

Throughout the week of July 25, 2022, trucks will be hauling gravel from a stockpile at the top of Bonetrail Road down to the reservoir. This is a single lane road with few pull outs and drivers are urged to look ahead and to use caution.

Since 2011, elevated lake levels have caused the lower ends of many boat ramps to become covered in silt, making it difficult or impossible to launch a boat as water recedes. USACE will work throughout the summer to retain public reservoir access as water levels change. 

Some Fort Peck boat ramps are expected to retain good boat access during 2022 with minimal maintenance, these ramps include: Fort Peck Marina, Duck Creek Fishing Access Site, Pines, and the Rock Creek Fishing Access Site Low Water Ramp. Recreationists are encouraged to check local conditions prior to their visit.

Boat ramp elevations around Fort Peck can be referenced online at: https://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/reports/ftpkramps.html; however, current access may be limited due to silt deposits. Current lake elevations can be found online for comparison at: https://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/reports/pdfs/MRBWM_River_Daily.pdf

Before traveling, confirm access conditions with USACE or the local marina. Questions may be directed to the Fort Peck Project office at (406) 526-3411. Maintenance updates also will be posted on the Fort Peck Dam and Lake Facebook page: @USACEFortPeck.

Release no. 22-029