View of Fort Peck Lake in Montana

West End Tent and Trailer Campground at Fort Peck Lake

West End Tent and Trailer Campground is nestled on a hill on the north shore of Fort Peck Lake. The campground features 13 campsites with electrical hook-ups as well as an overflow section. West End Tent and Trailer tends to be quieter than our main campground and is popular with fishermen thanks to its proximity to a few boat ramps.

(406) 526-3411

430 Duck Creek Road, Fort Peck Recreation Area Fort Peck, MT 59223

Reservation changes and cancellations can be made on


Each of the 13 designated campsites has electrical hookups available as well as a picnic table and fire ring. Some of the overflow campsites have picnic tables and fire rings. Shower facilities with flush toilets are found within the campground as well as a vault toilet. There are water spigots available throughout the campground and a dump station is located approximately 5 miles away near the Downstream Campground.   

West End Tent and Trailer was historically a first come first serve campground. For this summer season we have mirrored this with the ability to claim your campsite with an online reservation. You can only claim a campsite today for up to 14 nights from today. No advanced reservations are allowed.  

  • Reservations are only allowed on the day of arrival. Overnight occupany is required.
  • Booking a campsite and not arriving will result in a No-Show per the rules and regulations.
  • This location is not staffed by gate attendants. Check in/out with the camphost or via text.

View of Fort Peck Lake in Montana

Fort Peck Dam, which impounds Fort Peck Lake is the first dam built in the upper Missouri River Basin.

The area surrounding Fort Peck was first charted by Lewis and Clark in 1804, and the pristine natural condition of the river and surrounding area awed the renowned explorers.

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the Fort Peck project in 1933, thousands of people from all over the country migrated to Montana during the midst of the Great Depression in hopes of earning a living. Today, Fort Peck Lake is a sportsman’s paradise with excellent fishing, wildlife viewing and other countless outdoor recreation opportunities.   


Fort Peck Lake provides almost 400 square miles of recreation opportunities. These include:

  • boating
  • fishing
  • canoeing
  • kayaking
  • swimming.

There are two boat ramps located within two miles of the campground to provide access.

The Beaver Creek Nature Area is five miles away and provide three miles of trails to hike and bike on. 

Fort Peck Lake Fishing

Fort Peck Lake enjoys nationwide recognition as a hot spot for walleye fishing. Fort Peck Lake provides excellent boating and fishing opportunities. The lake also offers excellent fishing for sauger, smallmouth bass, lake trout, chinook salmon and northern pike. The introduction of cisco as a forage fish in 1983 proved successful and has increased both the size and number of game fish.

Wildlife Viewing/Hunting: The Fort Peck Lake Area and the Charles M. Russell Wildlife Refuge provide superb hunting of deer, elk, big horn sheep, and prong horn. The Missouri River Breaks are known for producing large elk and other game animals.  

Natural Features

The campground is located on a hill overlooking Fort Peck Lake. Most campsites provide at least a partial view of the lake. It is not uncommon to see deer visit the campground in the evening. The location provides a great view of thunderstorms as they pass over the lake from the safety of a camper. Fort Peck Lake state of Montana where you can harvest King Salmon ranging from 16 to 30 pounds. If Northern Pike is what you are looking for they are abundant and very large. Ranging 30 to 40inch average. The reservoir has become lately one of the best spots in Montana for Small Mouth Bass.

Nearby Attractions

  • 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. 
  • The Fort Peck Interpretive Center and Museum is located just downstream of Fort Peck Dam. For more information, call 406-526-3411. 
  • Tours of the Fort Peck Powerhouse are regulalry scheduled, call 406-526-3411 for more information. 
  • The Leo B. Coleman Wildlife Pasture, located just outside the Town of Fort Peck and Downstream Campground is home to Fort Peck’s Bison herd and provides an excellent wildlife viewing auto route. 
  • The Historic Fort Peck Theater is located in the town of Ft. Peck is a popular historic destination in summer months.  
  • The 1.1 million acre Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge surrounds Fort Peck Lake and helps preserve the natural habitat for numerous wildlife species.