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Fort Peck, Montana
Location of Fort Peck, Montana
Location of Fort Peck, Montana
Country United States
State Montana
County Valley
 • Total 0.89 sq mi (2.31 km2)
 • Land 0.89 sq mi (2.31 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
 • Total 239
 • Density 268.54/sq mi (103.46/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 406
FIPS code 30-28450

Fort Peck is a town in Valley County, Montana, United States. The population was 239 at the 2020 census.


The name Fort Peck is associated with Col. Campbell K. Peck, the partner of Elias H. Durfee in the Leavenworth, Kansas, trading firm of Durfee and Peck. In 1867, company employee Abe Farwell constructed the Fort Peck trading post along the Missouri River, which enjoyed a virtual monopoly in trade with the Sioux and Assiniboine people. After its short life as a trading post, Fort Peck served as an Indian agency from 1873 until 1878. At that time, the agency was moved to its current location at Poplar. Fort Peck had a post office from 1879 to 1881.

A new town of Fort Peck, located about 2 miles north of the original, was built in 1934 to house Army Corps of Engineers employees involved in the construction of the Fort Peck Dam. Designed to be temporary, the government-owned town nevertheless included many features of a permanent town, including an administrative headquarters, a hospital, stores, a theater, a recreation hall, and other facilities. Totally inadequate to house the 10,000-plus employees, Fort Peck was soon joined by numerous shanty towns, including Wheeler, New Deal, Delano Heights, and Park Grove. The Fort Peck Original Houses Historic District, the Fort Peck Theatre, and the hospital, administration building, and other associated public works properties are listed in the National Register.


The US Army Corps of Engineers, which oversees the powerhouses, dam, lake, and dredge cuts, is the major employer in Fort Peck, as well as, other government programs. Until recently all of the houses in Fort Peck were government built.

Fort Peck draws people from hundreds of miles away to recreate around Fort Peck Reservoir. Most popular is utilizing the lake and dredge cuts for boating, swimming, and fishing. Camping and barbecuing are very popular and facilities for camping and cooking are well developed. The Fort Peck Theater is open during the summer and draws large crowds.


Fort Peck is located at 48°0′28″N 106°27′1″W / 48.00778°N 106.45028°W / 48.00778; -106.45028 (48.007858, -106.450327).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.86 square miles (2.23 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1990 325
2000 240 −26.2%
2010 233 −2.9%
2020 239 2.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 233 people, 99 households, and 73 families living in the town. The population density was 270.9 inhabitants per square mile (104.6/km2). There were 110 housing units at an average density of 127.9 per square mile (49.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 93.6% White, 3.0% Native American, 0.4% Asian, and 3.0% from two or more races.

There were 99 households, of which 22.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.7% were married couples living together, 2.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 26.3% were non-families. 21.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.74.

The median age in the town was 48.9 years. 18% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19.4% were from 25 to 44; 39.9% were from 45 to 64; and 18.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 52.8% male and 47.2% female.

Notable people

The notable people were born, raised, or lived here for a time.

  • David Midthunder, Assiniboine-Sioux actor was born here. He grew up on the Fort Peck Reservation. (The Missing, Hidalgo and Into the West)
  • Wayne Hawkins, Oakland Raiders guard, was born here.
  • Ron Hauge, Emmy award-winning writer for The Simpsons grew up here, and went to high school in the neighboring city of Glasgow.
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