April runoff boosts Fort Peck Reservoir; rivers running higher than usual

The elevation of Fort Peck Reservoir’s water level has climbed 2.4 feet since last month thanks to spring runoff, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reported Friday.

It took about 443,000 acre-feet of water for the lake to climb that much. An acre-foot is the amount of water it takes to cover one acre in 1 foot of water. Fort Peck Reservoir is spread across roughly 245,000 acres along the Missouri River in Eastern Montana.

The runoff into Fort Peck has provided water to all but the highest boat ramps, located at Hell Creek State Park, Rock Creek Fishing Access Site and Crooked Creek.

Meanwhile, Canyon Ferry Reservoir’s water level is climbing but remains low. Still, it is about 3 feet higher than it was at this time last year, but roughly 3 feet lower than in 2021.

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