TRANSITION OF HELL CREEK TO LITTLE SHELL TRIBE PROGRESSES
By angelamontana

Posted: November 1, 2021

Little Shell Tribe expected to open 2022 camping reservations later this year

MILES CITY – Transition of the Hell Creek recreation area at Fort Peck Lake to the Little Shell Tribe is progressing, with the tribe expected to open its reservation system for the 2022 season later this year.

During a call today between the tribe; Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks; and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which owns the site at Fort Peck Lake, the parties discussed next steps in the process to assign FWP’s existing lease to the Little Shell. The goal is to have FWP’s Parks and Recreation Board review and vote on the lease assignment at its December 9 meeting. After that, it must be approved by the Corps.

FWP Director Hank Worsech said, “It’s been a pleasure working with Chairman (Gerald) Gray on the transition process. He has demonstrated his strong leadership, his tenacity in strengthening his tribe, and his commitment to conserving the resources at Hell Creek and preserving the access and recreational opportunities the public enjoys.”

In mid-October, Chairman Gray and Little Shell staff shadowed state park employees as they winterized facilities at Hell Creek in preparation for assuming responsibility for managing the recreation area. The tribe is currently drafting its management plan for Hell Creek. After it’s reviewed and approved by the Corps, the tribe can begin taking camping and day use reservations for the 2022 season. More details about how to access the new reservation system will be announced at that time.

“The tribe is looking forward to providing a smooth transition for the reservation system, and we are excited for the upcoming season with Hell Creek users,” said Chairman Gray today.

People planning to visit Hell Creek next year can expect to enjoy the same basic services. The recreation area accommodates most water sports and offers excellent multi-species fishing, including walleye, northern pike, and smallmouth bass. It is also a popular ice fishing destination. The 71-site campground is often full in peak season. Hell Creek also serves as a launch point for boat camping in the Missouri Breaks. Other services include a comfort station, potable water, playground, trails, fish cleaning station, RV dump station, and a group use shelter for special events.

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