Call for Smith Lake Stories
March 16, 2020

Why is Smith Lake important to you? WLP and the City of Whitefish are working hard to permanently protect Smith Lake to secure public access, wildlife habitat, watershed protection, and our community’s views FOREVER. The lands at the head of Whitefish Lake are important community lands that could be sold for development, and we are… Read more »

WLP May Lose WT Specialty License Plate
February 18, 2020

The State of Montana has set a new threshold of 400 plates for an organization to keep their specialty license plates. WLP and other participating organizations have three months to meet the new threshold, and WLP currently has 177 dedicated drivers with WT specialty plates. Unless 223 new WT plates are registered in the next… Read more »

City Adopts New WT Easements!

Three private landowners have generously donated trail easements to support a proposed future connection of the Whitefish Trail between the WT Big Mountain Trailhead and the Flathead National Forest in Hellroaring Basin. We would like to sincerely thank Elk Highlands Homeowners Association and Montana Land Reliance, Whitefish Mountain Resort, and Michael and Michelle Episcope for… Read more »

Beaver to Boyle Timber Sale 
January 28, 2020

  The Environmental Assessment (EA) for the DNRC’s upcoming timber sale in Beaver Lakes has been released and will be sent to the MT Land Board for approval on February 18, 2020. WLP and the City of Whitefish have been working with the DNRC in hopes of ensuring that existing and future recreation opportunities are… Read more »

Thank you 2019 Great Fish Donors!
October 16, 2019

The 2019 Great Fish Community Challenge was a HUGE success for Whitefish Legacy Partners, Whitefish Community Foundation, and all 53 participating non-profit organizations. The community raised a record $2,824,355 in support of our amazing local non-profit organizations. This year, 260 donors gave $91,465 to support new trail construction at Smith Lake, outdoor education programs, important… Read more »

WLP wins Cinnabar Foundation Grant!
June 12, 2019

Whitefish Legacy Partners has been awarded a $3,000 grant from the Cinnabar Foundation to support private land conservation work in the Smith Lake drainage. “These south-facing, mid-slope elevations are important winter range for rocky mountain elk and mule deer and provide a critical migration corridor for grizzly bears, mountain lions, and Canadian lynx. Neighboring private… Read more »

Smith Lake Open House
May 29, 2019

Join Whitefish Legacy Partners and the City of Whitefish to learn about upcoming conservation and recreation opportunities at Smith Lake. We have the opportunity to permanently protect 800 acres of local open land for a Whitefish Trail connection to Hellroaring Basin, wildlife habitat, watershed protection, public access, and sustainable forest management. We need your input… Read more »

Trail Challenge Party at Bonsai
May 23, 2019

After a busy month on the Whitefish Trail, join us for a cold beer to celebrate the finale of our first annual Hit the Trail! Challenge! We’ll announce the community’s total miles logged during the month of May, give individual participation awards, announce the top Workplace Team, and give out some sweet raffle prizes. Bonsai… Read more »

2018 Annual Community Report
May 16, 2019

Our 2018 Annual Community Report is hot off the press! Read about how your 2018 donations and volunteer hours worked for more conservation, education, and recreation opportunities on our local lands and hear about new and exciting projects for 2019. 2018 Annual Community Report >>

Whitefish Trail wins 2019 RTP Grant!
May 1, 2019

Montana’s Recreational Trails Program has been a strong and consistent funding source for the Whitefish Trail since 2011. This year, the City and WLP applied for funding to help with several important maintenance projects on the Whitefish Trail, especially at areas of highest use. The $17,500 grant will fund tread repair at Lion Mountain, replacement of damaged… Read more »

We did it! 20,000 miles in May
April 1, 2019

20,000 miles = $20,000! We did it! The community logged 20,000+ miles on the Whitefish Trail during the month of May, raising $20,000 in support of our local trail and protected lands! A HUGE thanks to everyone for participating. It was so fun to see how many of you went the ‘extra mile’ on the… Read more »

We’re hiring a Whitefish Trail Coordinator!
February 19, 2019

WLP is hiring a Whitefish Trail Coordinator! This seasonal part-time position will plan and carry out trail maintenance projects on the 42-mile Whitefish Trail. Learn more here.

DNRC Environmental Assessment approves Smith Lake conservation!
January 25, 2019

DNRC GIVES POSITIVE REVIEW OF TRAIL PROJECT January 23, 2019 at 5:00 am | By Heidi Desch The state Department of Natural Resources and Conservation has given a green light to one of the final segments of the Whitefish Trail loop and a conservation easement around Smith Lake. The Stillwater State Forest of the DNRC last… Read more »

WLP and City win $20k Tourism Grant!
January 22, 2019

       Whitefish Legacy Partners teamed up with the City of Whitefish Parks and Recreation Department to win a grant from the Montana Office of Tourism. The $20,000 award will pay for new recreational wayfinding signs throughout town. New vehicular Whitefish Trail signs will be installed directing visitors and locals to Whitefish Trail trailheads,… Read more »

Whitefish Trail Photo Contest Winners!
December 10, 2018

Congratulations to this year’s Whitefish Trail Photo Contest Winners! Kids Division: Winner- Madeleine MacLean, age 11                   Honorable Mention- Sage Boyes, age 11                               Honorable Mention- Isaac Gibbs          … Read more »

WLP Awarded Applied Materials Grant
October 31, 2018

WLP has recently been awarded $10,000 from the Applied Materials Foundation to support WLP’s education programs! In 2018, WLP launched Community Hikes and Bikes to further connect our community to our local conservation lands. This year, we partnered with community groups such as Cancer Support Community Kalispell, Kalispell Veteran Center, Kalispell Regional Medical Center’s Journey to Wellness Program, and North… Read more »