Lesson Cornerstone Curriculum Content Standards: Science
Site Description Trails and Terrain
Wildlife Present On-Site Educational Programs
Seasons Access
Parking & Entrance to Site Google Earth Driving Directions Link
Group Size Limits Fees
Site Services Contact Information
For Additional Site & Lesson Plan Information

Lesson Cornerstone:

River ecosystem; fisheries

Curriculum Content Standards: Science

(3) Students, through the inquiry process, demonstrate knowledge of characteristics, structures and function of living things, the process and diversity of life, and how living organisms interact with each other and their environment.

Site Description:

Located east of Kalispell, Shady Lane Pond area encompasses 120 acres on both sides of the Flathead River.  Shady Lane Pond is a family fishing pond.Shady Lane Pond

Trails and Terrain:

There is a paved trail to the pond as well as 2.5 miles of primitive hiking trails in this area.

Wildlife Present:

Rainbow trout, westslope cutthroat trout, pumpkinseed sunfish, black bullheads, osprey and bald eagles are present.

On-Site Educational Programs:

Hooked on Fishing and other educational programs are available through the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.


Open all year.


Shady Lane Pond is accessed directly from the parking lot.

The pond offers handicapped accessible parking, picnic pavilion, and fishing pier.  There is also a paved trail.  This handicapped accessible area is located behind a locked gate.  Contact the biologist at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to schedule access.

Parking and Entrance to Site:

From Highway 35, turn onto Shady Lane Drive.  At the stop sign, turn left on Holt Stage Road.  Turn left into the Old Steel Bridge fishing access site.

There is ample paved and graveled parking.

Google Earth Driving Directions:

Shady Lane Pond

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Shady Lane Pond 48.211000, -114.262000 Shady Lane Pond


Group size limits:

A special use permit may be required.


State fishing access is free for Montana residents.  A special use permit may be required.

Site services:

Latrines and a covered picnic pavilion are available.

Contact Information:

Biologist, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, 752-5501

For additional site and lesson plan information:

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks:  Hooked on Fishing