Captain’s Report on Fort Peck Water Elevation Forecast for Spring/Summer Fishing Season
By angelamontana

Posted: January 9, 2013

I just received information from John Daggett from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, at Fort Peck Dam, on what he thinks the water level situation will be like for the upcoming Spring/ Summer fishing season.

The water level has been dropping consistently since last fall, and, as you might have imagined, it has a lot to do with the drought conditions that folks in Midwest have been experiencing since last summer.  There are a lot of factors that go into the water level on Fort Peck Reservoir, and this is what Daggett had to say in an e-mail:

” As long as the drought continues the reservoir will keep going down.  Drought conservation measures will kick in this spring so release will be scaled back this coming year.  A more definitive forecast for summer will come out the first week in March.  Right now our basic forecast shows us going down approximately three more feet by the end of February.  Our lake elevation is 2225.49 this morning. The lake has not yet frozen over here at the dam yet”.

For daily water elevation levels, click this link to our Waterdata page: