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Changes coming to overnight camping at Fort Peck Lake

Published March 18, 2016

GLASGOW, MT - Fee changes and new amenities are coming to the Fort Peck Lake camp sites operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Reservations for the Downstream Campground sites must be made through Reserve America by going online to Recreation.gov or by calling the toll free reservation line at 1-877-444-6777. Downstream sites can be reserved as late as two days in advance or as early as six months in advance. Several sites will remain available on a first-come, first-served basis. These sites cannot be held or reserved.

West End Shelters 2 and/or 3 may also be reserved for Group Camping at Recreation.gov. Camping is only allowed in the immediately mowed area. Camping in the tall grass is not permitted.


Site Type


Per Night, Per Site Fee



April - October



Electrical (30 amp)

April – October



Electrical (50 amps)

April – October


West End


May – September


West End Shelter 2
(Special Use Permit Required)

Primitive, no water

Year – Round


No more than 5 RV’s/trailers/tents and 3 vehicles allowed. A minimum of 3 RV’s/trailers/tents must occupy this site under the reservation

West End shelter 3
(Special Use Permit Required)

Primitive, no water

Year – Round


A minimum of 5 camp sites must be occupied under the reservation with no more than 16 vehicles and 100 people

First come-first served, free camping will continue to be allowed year-round at established campsites at USACE Primitive Recreation Areas. At three of these areas, (Roundhouse Point, Flat Lake, and Duck Creek), facilities have been reorganized to allow for more camping (8, 3, and 4 new sites, respectively).

With expanding opportunities, we need to remind users of the following rules and regulations governing camping at USACE Projects nationwide:

·     Within recreation areas, camping is permitted only at designated sites. Camping at one or more campsites in a recreation area for a period longer than 14 days during any 30-consecutive-day period is prohibited. Camp sites must be occupied daily.

·     The placement of camping equipment or other items on a campsite for the purpose of reserving that campsite for future occupancy is prohibited. Items, including vehicles or campers left at sites unattended are subject to removal and impoundment at the owner’s expense.

Also, in accordance with the new USACE Special Use Permitting policy, there are changes to the Special Use permitting and fee structures. Use of Special Facilities, such as picnic shelters in Kiwanis Park, remain available for reservation through Reserve America and the daily fee has increased from $20 to $25.  Prices for permitted Special Activities (weddings, reunions, memorials, etc.) will cost $25 or $50, dependent on the number of visitors. Special Event Permits (fishing tournaments, races, etc.) are increasing from $50 to $75. Commercial Uses may now be permitted through this new policy. Commercial Use Permits are available as a daily permit (starting at $75/per day), seasonal permit (up to 180 days, $250), and annual permit (up to 365 days, $350). Additional requirements and or fees may apply for each type of permit. Copies of the new permit policy, application forms, and Rules and Regulations are available at the Fort Peck Project Office. Questions regarding camping information or other recreation opportunities may be directed to the Natural Resources Staff at 406-526-3411.

Visitors to USACE recreation projects will be able to purchase or obtain America the Beautiful Passes which include the following interagency recreation passes -- Interagency Senior Pass, Interagency Access Pass, Interagency Annual Pass, Interagency Military Pass, and Interagency Volunteer Pass. These passes allow their holders free access to USACE-managed boat launches and swimming beaches throughout the United States where day use fees are assessed. The Senior and Access passes also provide holders a 50 percent discount on campsites at USACE-managed campgrounds.

America the Beautiful passes provide access to more than 2,000 recreation areas managed by five Federal agencies, with up to 100% of the proceeds being used to improve and enhance visitor recreation services. The passes are available now at the Fort Peck Project Office and will soon be available at the Downstream Campground during the recreation season. They are also available online through the U.S. Geological Survey website or by calling 1-888-275-8747, option 3. 

Ethan Scott
Eileen Williamson

Release no. 20160318-002