Activities and Amenities
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.
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.