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About Island Park Ponds Lodge LLC

Tud Kent was the original Buffalo River area Forest Service lessee, which is now known as Pond’s Lodge. With the local Island Park community and passing tourist in mind, in 1923, Tud and his wife, Lindy, opened a modest cafe, separate dance hall, and overnight boarding facility.

While Tud Kent busied himself with the development of his humble resort business on the Buffalo River, the Targhee Tie Company was well underway, just upriver, filling railroad tie contracts for the Union Pacific Railroad.

In 1923, Charles Pond took over the Targhee Tie Company’s Commissary. The entire Pond family moved from Lewiston, Utah, during the summer of 1924, to be with Charles and while he operated the Company Commissary. It was until the late fall of 1925 that Pond managed the commissary.

During that late fall of 1925, Pond negotiated a purchase for Tud Kent’s lease and buildings. As the store and tourist resort business in Island Park was only just beginning, the negotiated price was in the $1,300.00 bargain range.

From the beginning, the entire Pond family became readily involved in the Ponds Lodge venture. Children Angus, Jennie, Horace, Newell, Glen, Jay, and Dean were all involved in the 1926 construction and expansion of the enterprise. During their first summer, Mrs. Pond took charge of the cafe food preparations, as the rest of the family constructed eight small cabins, along the banks of the Buffalo River. Eight additional cabins were later constructed, all of which were primarily rented by lumbermen, tourists, and sportsmen. As the Island Park area continued to grow, the Pond family introduced a new general merchandise store to the area, complete with food items, fishing supplies, and tools for timber-men.

After the original Tud Kent dance hall burned down, during the 1927-28 winter, the Ponds began new developments. Such improvements included an extensive dance hall, with an enormous fireplace, and a lounge, which nestled itself between the store and the dance hall. On July 24, 1935, tragedy seized the Pond family when a fire claimed the entire structure, leaving only the prodigious fireplace standing. Reconstruction began in May of 1936 on a new facility, which is the structure still standing today, flourishing in operation.

Charles and Mina Pond retired and handed the business over to the family, with Horace as standing manager. After the death of Charles, in 1955, the business was incorporated, Horace remaining as president and manager. The establishment continued in such a manner, until 1969, when the Pond Corporation sold its interests to Dan Decker. From there, the Ponds Lodge has passed ownership through many capable hands.

In 2010 the lodge was renovated and a professionally trained chef was hired to revamp the menu. Today Pond's Lodge is well known and loved by locals and regular vacationers alike.

Why Work here

Pond's Lodge is an upscale sports bar and c-store, that offers cabin rentals in beautiful Island Park, Idaho.

Island Park, Idaho is an outdoor lovers paradise. There are many things to do in the Island Park, Idaho area close to Yellowstone. The west entrance to Yellowstone National Park is less than 30 minutes away!

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Hikes all over the place! You could go on a hike every day.

Go tour the Johnny Sacks Cabin for a little bit of local history or Float the Big Springs River.

Historial Johnny Sack Cabin - snuggled at the very beginning of the henry’s fork of the snake river. we call it big springs river and it is located with in 10 minutes from The Gathering Place macks inn and the chalet in the forest.

Island Park's Henry's Fork of the Snake River, located in eastern Idaho, is one of the most famous trout streams in all of the United States. It's legendary hatches and abundant large wild rainbow trout make the Henry's Fork one of America's top fly-fishing destinations.

Several local companies offer boat rentals in the Island Park, Idaho area. Take advantage of the reservoir, Henry's lake, or Earthquake Lake all nearby.

Pull out your GPS device and have some fun Geocaching. You never know what you will find hiding!

Go out riding ATV’s in the summer on the abundant number of trails in the area and take a snowmobile tour in the winter.

Don’t worry about the weather just catch a show at the Yellowstone Playhouse for a good laugh.

Explore nearby Harriman State Park which offers 22 miles of hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding trails that slink through meadows, meander along river banks and through lush evergreen forests. Some of the best fly fishing waters in the nation flow through eight miles of Harriman State Park, known by anglers all over the world over as “the Ranch.” Moose, elk and Trumpeter Swans, the world’s largest waterfowl species, are a common sight at Harriman.

From trails to rivers to lakes to just chillin’ in a hammock there is something for everyone in Island Park, Idaho.

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