Stay safe while ice fishing at Fort Peck

Motorized vehicles (including snowmobiles), properly licensed or registered by the state of the owner’s legal residence, may be used to access the frozen surface of Fort Peck Lake or the frozen surface of the Dredge Cuts of Fort Peck Project. Vehicle operators must have a valid driver’s license. Motorized vehicle use is only permitted on open numbered roads within U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Recreation Areas.
Motorized vehicles must access the ice from one of the following designated means of access:
• Boat Ramps: Flat Lake, Rock Creek Fishing Access Site, Rock Creek Marina, Nelson Creek, Hell Creek State Park, Hell Creek Marina, Devil’s Creek, Crooked Creek, Fourchette Bay, Bone Trail, Pines, Duck Creek Fishing Access Site, and Fort Peck Marina. Dredge Cut boat ramps: Nelson Dredge, Roundhouse Point, Floodplain and Trout Pond. Winter Harbor boat ramp allows motorized vehicle ice access to Winter Harbor Pond.
• Designated Ice Fishing Access Routes: 2nd Dredge North Parking Lot; trail to 1st Dredge south of Park Grove Bridge (opposite entrance to Roundhouse Point); Fort Peck Shaft Buildings, road behind and to the south side of buildings; and Pines Recreation Area off end of road #1300, north to shoreline.
• Designated USACE Numbered Roads not otherwise barricaded or posted closed. Numbered Roads within a USACE Recreation Area may be used to access the ice where the road ends at the high water mark and is not otherwise barricaded or posted as “Road Closed” or “Road Ends”. Travel from the high water mark to the ice must be by the most direct route.
Driving along the shoreline of Fort Peck Lake or the Dredge Cuts between the frozen lake and the high water mark is prohibited; except, as identified above when accessing the ice or to navigate around an ice pressure ridge or open water by the shortest and most direct route not to exceed 1/8th mile.
Snowmobiles are not permitted on the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge. Contact the USFWS at 538-8706 for more information.
The Corps of Engineers does not encourage nor recommend driving on the ice at any time. Thin ice or open water may exist near springs and pressure ridges throughout the winter.
For a full copy of the USACE Fort Peck Ice Fishing Access Policy, please contact the Fort Peck Project Natural Resources Staff at (406) 526-3411.



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