Fort Peck Interpretive Center

Exterior of FPIC

In the shadow of Fort Peck Dam lies the Fort Peck Interpretive Center, a cooperative effort between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Explore the rich history of the area from dinosaurs to dam building. 

  • Paleontology

    Paleo display at FPIC

    In the main lobby visitors are greeted by a life size, fleshed-out model of Peck's Rex, the Tyrannosaurus Rex discovered 20 miles southeast of Fort Peck. A skeleton cast of Peck's Rex is on display in the exhibit hall. Other dinosaur exhibits include a Cretaceous Sea display and a Struthiomimus display featuring one of the fastest dinosaurs discovered to date. The Fort Peck Interpretive Center is part of the Montana Dinosaur Trail.

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  • Wildlife

    FPIC wildlife display

    A wildlife display features historic and present-day animals of the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge. From prairie dogs to grizzly bears, learn more about the wildlife of northeast Montana. The Center also showcases the two largest aquariums in Montana , displaying native and game fish of Fort Peck Lake and the Missouri River.  

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  • Fort Peck Dam Construction History

    Historical photo of spillway construction

    See the massive effort required in the 1930s to build the largest hydraulically filled dam in the United States. Displays include a life-size mural of tunnel construction, a 3 D model of the dam and displays on the worker's life. Walk through a history of people who lived in this area from Native Americans to homesteaders to the boomtowns that flourished during construction of the dam. 

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  • Hours, Tours and Programs

    Fort Peck Dam Powerhouses

    Interpretive Center Hours

    April 29 to September 30

    9:00 am to 5:00 pm every day


    10:00 am to 4 pm Tuesday through Sunday


    10:00 am to 4:00 pm Tuesday through Friday

    December through April 28

    Open by advanced appointment, call (406) 526-3493

    Powerhouse Tour Schedule 

    Powerhouse tours begin at the Fort Peck Interpretive Center. Visitors must sign up 15 minutes prior to the tour and show a government issued photo ID.

    Memorial Day to Labor Day

    Tours are conducted 4 times daily during the week:
    9:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm

    Every hour beginning at 9:30 am with the last tour beginning at 4:30 pm

    Labor Day through September 30

    Tours times are 11:30 am and 1:30 pm daily.

    October 1 to Memorial Day  

    No tours in the off-season except by advance appointment. To schedule a tour, contact the Fort Peck Interpretive Center at (406) 526-3493



    Interpretive programs, theater presentations, amphitheater programs, and nature hikes covering a wide variety of topics are presented weekly throughout the summer. Activity backpacks and fishing poles are available for loan.


  • Fort Peck Dam Archives

    history display

    The Fort Peck Interpretive Center serves as a repository for items related to the dam and surrounding area. The archives contain photos, work items, personnel lists and written memories of people who lived and worked here at that time. 

    Donations to the archives are welcome. Please contact the Center for more information at (406) 526-3493.

    The archives are available for public use during normal operating hours. It is best to call in advance to arrange a time especially during the busy summer months.