Riparian buffer of native plants
The Walstad Fishing Access hosts a demonstration riparian buffer.
Riparian buffers are areas near water with diverse native plants that help filter polluted runoff from lawns and pavement. This site compares a mature natural buffer to the north and a landscaped buffer to the south, planted to replace lawn in 2000 and 2001.
A short trail leads through the mature natural buffer to the north. A flat parking lot leads to an island of native plants and paved walkway to an interpretive sign, boat ramp and dock. From the dock, one can view the difference between the natural and landscaped riparian buffers along the shoreline.
Self-guided interpretive sign.
Open all year.
Access to the site is 100 feet.
There is ADA access.
Walstad Fishing Access is located 10 miles north of Polson on Montana Highway 93 at milepost 72.
There is a parking area.
View the Walstad Fishing Access map.
State parks are free for Montana residents.
Content is best understood by middle and high school students.
Lunch spot and restrooms are available.
Education and Outreach Coordinator, Flathead Lakers, 883-1341