After leaving the ACOE campground, we visited the Fort Peck Dam and visitor center. Enjoyed some great views of the dam and spillway. The campground is located behind the dam. It is a nice place to overnight or spend some time enjoying the lake or local attractions. Somehow, we failed to get a picture of this campground.
We visited the dam first, as the visitor center was not yet open. The dam is the highest of six dams on the Missouri River and the largest hydraulically filled dam in the US. Driving up on the dam and looking in both directions was truly an amazing sight. The dam was started in the early 1930’s and at its peak had over 10, 000 workers on site. The town of Fort Peck was built to support this project providing housing and all the other needs for the construction team.
In 1938, an inspection by the construction engineers discovered problems on the site but before any action could be taken the dam started to collapse. At least eight men died but only two could be recovered from the mud. The rest are buried in the dam still.
We walked along the dam in the strong winds to view the spill ways and enjoy the view. I found two rattlesnakes on the dam. Since it was cold and windy, I believe the first died from exposure and the second clearly had a run in with a vehicle.
The visitor center was very well done with history of the area and the dam. It added to the experience.