35 MPH winds are creating dangerous conditions for watercraft on Fort Peck Lake. A Lake Wind Advisory is currently in effect until early Friday morning.

Fort Peck Lake is Montana's largest body of water and is home to over 50 species of fish. It is an extremely popular recreation area, located 120 miles north of Billings. The reservoir touches 6 different counties!

Fort Peck Lake is formed by the Fort Peck Dam on the Missouri River in prairie country. It's over 130 miles in length.

According to the National Weather Service:

  • LAKE WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO 3 AM FRIDAY FOR FORT PECK LAKE.
  • WHAT...North winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph expected.
  • WHERE...Fort Peck Lake.
  • WHEN...From 9 PM this evening to 3 AM Friday.
  • IMPACTS...Sudden strong winds and rough waves on area lakes will create hazardous conditions for small craft.
  • Boaters on area lakes should use extra caution since strong winds and rough waves can overturn small craft.

The dam itself is the largest earth-filled dam in the world, and measures 21,026 feet in length with a maximum height of 250.5 feet.

Fort Peck Lake is 134 miles long, has 1520 miles of shoreline, and a maximum depth of 220 feet.

The entire lake also lies within the massive Charles M. Russell Wildlife Refuge.

Other than the small town of Fort Peck, Glasgow is pretty much the closest town to Fort Peck Lake.

The lake is susceptible to High Wind Warnings as there are VERY few trees in the that part of the state. The reservoir is surrounded by grasslands and rolling hills.