Montana State Parks and the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe are close to transferring the FWP’s lease of Hell Creek State Park from the state to the Fort Peck Reservation. A memorandum of agreement was signed in early October 2021 which officially started the process.

The tribe is expected to open its reservation system for the 2022 season before year’s end. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers owns the site at Fort Peck Lake.

The current plan is to have FWP’s Parks and Recreation Board review and vote on the lease assignment at its Dec. 9 meeting and send the recommendation to the Corps, who must give final approval of the transfer of Hell Creek State Park to the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe.

Hell Creek will be providing the same basic services after the transition. The recreation area accommodates most water sports and offers excellent fishing for walleye, northern pike and smallmouth bass. The lake is also a popular ice fishing destination. Hell Creek also serves as a launch point for boat camping in the Missouri Breaks. Other services include a comfort station, potable water, playground, trails, fish cleaning station, RV dump station, and a group use shelter for special events.

Photo Credit: Photo by Montana FWP