Montana Geographic Names Advisor

Geographic Name Change Request

Reeds Slough
Flathead County, Montana

Status = Approved

Description lake, 0.6 km (0.4 mi) by 0.2 km (0.1, located 1.6 km (1 mi) S of Church Slough, 4.8 km (3 mi) N of the N end of Flathead Lake, named for Charlie Reed (ca 1868-ca. 1955), an early homesteader in the area
Location 48°07’35”N, 114°12’00”W
PLSS Location Sec 6,T27N, R20W and Sec 1, T27N,R21W
Proposal to make official a historical name in local use
Proponent Larry O’Connell; Kalispell, MT
Not Reeds Pond, Reed’s Slough, Split Pond
Administrative area None
Previous BGN Action None
See also
GNIS ID 2081037
Local Usage Reed’s Slough (local residents), Split Pond (local residents)
Published Reeds Pond (Flathead County master plan)
This proposal is to make official the name Reeds Slough for a 0.6 km (0.4 mi) by 0.2 km (0.1 mi) lake located in the lower valley area north of Flathead Lake. The proponent, a local farmer, reports that long-time area farmers and ranchers have always known the feature as Reed’s Slough, ever since Charlie Reed homesteaded in the area. Although the proponent was unable to provide any additional biographical details, he believes Mr. Reed was born around 1868 and died in the mid-1950’s. He further reports that at one time a bridge bisected the slough, but in the late 1950’s, this was replaced by fill and newer residents began to call the lake Split Pond. This proposal would eliminate some of the confusion this has generated.

The Flathead County master plan reportedly lists the feature as Reeds Pond, so the proponent believes the name, “with a more accurate generic,” should be made official before the historical name is lost. There are no other geographic features in Flathead County known to be named “Reed.”

The Flathead County Board of Commissioners and the Montana State Board on Geographic Names are in support of the proposal for Reeds Slough, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has no objection to the name. A copy of the proposal was sent to the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation, a Federally-recognized Tribe, but no response was received, which is presumed to indicate a lack of an opinion on the issue.

Montana Geographic Names Advisor Recommendation - Support (Wednesday, June 15, 2005)
Domestic Names Committee Decision Date - Thursday, December 8, 2005
Domestic Names Committee Discussion - A motion was made and seconded to approve this new name.

Vote: 12 in favor
0 against
0 abstentions

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