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part ofFort Peck Project, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Open through Thu Dec 31 2015   Season Dates


Downstream Campground is located just below Fort Peck Dam on the Missouri River in northeastern Montana. Recreation enthusiasts and sportsmen enjoy the beauty of Fort Peck Lake's 1,500 miles of shoreline. A variety of high quality outdoor activities are available, including camping, boating, fishing, hunting, sightseeing and wildlife viewing.

Natural Features:

A shady grove of cottonwoods covers the grassy campground, making Downstream a pleasant place during the heat of the summer. In autumn, the leaves turn a beautiful golden yellow. Three fishing ponds, including scenic Winter Harbor, dot the landscape below the dam.


Fort Peck Lake provides excellent boating and fishing opportunities. Visitors also enjoy hiking, biking and hunting for deer, antelope, elk and birds in-season.

Three miles of paved nature trails wind along the Missouri River and through the surrounding wooded area. This trail area is a popular birding and wildlife viewing area.

The Fort Peck Dam Interpretive Center and Museum offers displays of wildlife dioramas, aquariums, dinosaur fossils and dam construction history. Free guided tours of the powerhouse are available daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day.


Downstream Campground offers 85 family campsites, 70 of which have electrical hookups; 15 sites are tent-only. One large group campsite is available with electrical hookups. Seven day-use picnic shelters are available for reservations, all with electrical hookups.

The campground offers flush and vault toilets, showers, playgrounds, a basketball court and horseshoe pits. A dump station and fish cleaning station are located on-site.

West End Tent & Trailer is located nearby, providing additional campsites on a first come, first served basis. 13 sites have 30-amp electrical hookups; overflow sites are non-electric.

Nearby Attractions:

Fort Peck Lake is a Montana treasure for its vast size and outdoor recreation opportunities. Six recreation areas within a few miles of the dam provide access for water sports, fishing and hunting. A wildlife viewing auto route, the Leo B. Coleman Wildlife Exhibit, leaves from near the Fort Peck Theater.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Sites
  • Amphitheater
  • Basketball Courts
  • Biking
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Fish Cleaning Stations
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Marina
  • Museum
  • Pay Phone
  • Playground
  • Showers
  • Vault Toilets
  • Visitor Center
Know Before You Go
  • All camping reservations must check-in at the gatehouse. Shelter reservations do not need to check-in
  • For more information, call the Fort Peck Project Office at (406) 526-3411 or Downstream Campground at (406) 526-3224
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
48.00889, -106.42889
48°0'32"N, 106°25'44"W

From Nashua, MT, travel on Highway 117 south for 9 miles past Park Grove, then approximately 2 miles straight to the campground.
From Glasgow, MT, travel on Highway 24 south for 18 miles to Fort Peck Dam. Follow Highway 117 northeast and right at intersection to campground.
From Interstate 94, Glendive/Circle exit, take MT highway 200 west to MT highway 24 north 59 miles; follow signs to campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

PO BOX 208
FORT PECK  MT  59223-0208

Phone Number:

Information:  (406)526-3411

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