Fort Peck Reservoir ice access clarified

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Recreationists accessing Fort Peck Reservoir and the Dredge Cuts this winter are reminded that motorized vehicles are only permitted on developed access routes, such as public roads, numbered roads, boat ramps or designated ice access routes within U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Recreation Areas.

Once on the ice, recreationists may travel at their discretion; however, the Corps does not encourage or recommend driving on the ice at any time. Thin ice or open water may exist near springs and pressure ridges. Conditions change across the lake and throughout the winter.

In addition to recreation area boat ramps, the following designated routes are open for vehicles to access ice on Fort Peck: the road behind the Shaft Buildings; First Dredge Cuts access road southwest of the Park Grove Bridge; Second Dredge north parking lot immediately south of the vault toilet; Duck Creek Road #1901 to the point. In the Pines area vehicles can access the ice at the end of Pines Recreation Area Road #1300. Vehicle access through the old Pines Youth Camp to Fifth Coulee Bay is open when ground conditions are frozen and the gates are open.

For more information, call the Fort Peck Project Natural Resources staff at 406-526-3411.

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