Haskill Basin Project
Haskill Basin has been treasured by many for years, and the opportunity to recreate on these lands has been allowed as a neighborly accommodation by F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber Company, the oldest family owned and operated private timber company in Montana. Although many know Haskill Basin for its combination of trails and roads for hiking, hunting, running and skiing, Haskill Basin also serves as the municipal water supply for the City of Whitefish and is known for its rich biological diversity. The Haskill Basin conservation easement of 3,022 acres was purchased and finalized in February of 2016 resulting in the removal of development rights, permanently protecting the City’s municipal water supply, continued sustainable management of the timber, and guaranteed recreation access.
The Whitefish Trail in Haskill Basin
Whitefish Legacy Partners has undertaken the design and organization of a managed recreation trail on the easement land. Plans include a new WT trailhead at the City water treatment plant on Reservoir Road, within ½ mile of the paved bike path on Wisconsin Avenue. In partnership with the City, Iron Horse, Flathead Land Trust and Winter Sports Inc., WLP has designed a 5 ½ mile trail corridor along the western portion of the 3,022 acre conservation easement.
The trail will connect to Whitefish Mountain Resort with a new trailhead that will also serve as the “Winter” Whitefish Trail. The access will tie the WT to the groomed Nordic trails in Haskill Basin in partnership with Whitefish Mountain Resort, Glacier Nordic Club, and Iron Horse. WLP is excited to present the recreation gateway to Haskill Basin and this community-minded project that blends public and numerous private entities to create another innovative project on the Whitefish Trail.
Funding for construction of the Whitefish Trail in Haskill Basin is underway. WLP has secured $253,000 in grant money for the project, and those grants require a $200,000 local match.
Grant Funds Secured = $251,300
MT Recreational Trails Program grant –
MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks – $90,000
Land & Water Conservation Fund –
MT State Parks – $150,000
Resource Advisory Council –
Flathead National Forest – $11,300
Required Matching Funds = $200,000
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Partners in Haskill Basin
WLP would like to thank all of the partners involved in this project as well as the entire Whitefish community. We are excited to ‘close the loop’ of the Whitefish Trail around Whitefish Lake in upcoming years. Haskill Basin is our next gateway to a remarkable legacy of community and conservation on the Whitefish Trail.