Private Donor Offers to Expand Pine Grove Pond Fishing Site

FWP looking to accept the donation of a long, narrow parcel of land totaling 5.17 acres

By Beacon Staff
Anglers young and old line the bank of the Pine Grove Fishing Pond during the opening day's kids fishing derby in Kalispell. Beacon File Photo

The popular Pine Grove Pond could be growing by more than 5 acres thanks to a private donation.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking to accept the donation of a long, narrow parcel of land totaling 5.17 acres between the existing parking area at the fishing site and the base of the hillside to the west. The donor, who is not named in the proposal, is offering the land to the state to provide a buffer against potential future development west of the site and for potential additional parking in the future.

FWP is accepting public comments on the donation through Nov. 4. Contact Tony Powell, Region 1 fishing access site program manager at (406) 751-5423 or email tpowell@mt.gov with questions or comments.

The 23-acre site off Rose Crossing east of Whitefish Stage Road in Kalispell is one of the most popular public fishing sites in town. Open six months a year in a peaceful setting removed from the nearby urban cityscape, it boasts more than 25,000 visits annually, mostly among youth anglers and their families. It is ideal for families looking to work on the basics of angling while also landing a memorable lunker.

Robin Street was honored last year for donating the original 13 acres that became Pine Grove Pond in 2011.

Pine Grove Pond is located 3 miles northeast of Kalispell off Rose Crossing east of Whitefish Stage Road and just west of the Whitefish River. The site is open April through October.

Below is an image of the site and the proposed land donation, courtesy of FWP:

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