One of the most beautiful places in Northeast Montana, in my opinion, is Fort Peck Lake. An immense body of water fed by the mighty Missouri River, it is surrounded by desert-like badlands. It is featured (representatively) in the opening scenes of Jurassic park as the spot they are excavating dinosaur fossils and in fact, the area surrounding the lake is known to be home to an abundance of plant and animal fossils. The dam that forms the lake is the highest of six dams along the Missouri river. It is 21,026 feet in length and stands over 250 feet tall and it is the largest hydraulically filled dam in the U.S. The lake is the fifth largest man made lake in the U.S and boasts some 1,520 miles of shoreline. That’s more than the state of California!
Even though the lake is home to some fantastic fishing and a great spot for kicking back to relax on the water, it is not an extremely busy place. There is always a place you can go to get away from people and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. That’s one of the reasons I’m drawn to it. That’s also why it is a perfect spot for photographs!
Tegan and her family were the winners of one of our portrait session giveaways from last month, and since they live just out of Glasgow, the lake seemed like the perfect spot to meet! We met up at the interpretive center below the lake and drove out to one of our spots that we like. The kiddos were full of energy and enjoyed walking around and exploring.
I love being able to share in moments with families, even if it’s just a couple hours out of their lives. These are such precious times, and they go so fast. Tegan expressed that having pictures now is so important to her because the kids just do not stop growing, so I hope that some of these pictures bring a smile to her face and her heart when she looks back on them five, ten, twenty years down the road and remembers how tiny, how bursting with energy and how precious they are.
I hope you enjoy your pictures, Tegan, as much as I enjoyed taking them!
Here are a few of my favorites…
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