Hit the Trail! Challenge
April 1, 2019

10,000 miles = $10,000! Let’s Hit the Trail! Our generous health and wellness sponsors are challenging the community to log 10,000 miles during the month of May. For every mile you bike, hike, run, or ride on the Whitefish Trail, our sponsors will donate $1 back to WLP in support of conservation, education, and recreation… 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 »

Annual Community Report
June 23, 2018

Our 2017 Annual Community Report is hot off the press! Read about how your 2017 donations worked for more conservation, education, and recreation opportunities on our local lands and hear about new and exciting projects for 2018. 2017 Annual Community Report >>

Reservoir Trailhead Opens!
May 16, 2018

The Reservoir Trailhead is officially open! Enjoy access to the new Whitefish Trail in Haskill and explore the park-like trailhead complete with benches, picnic areas, and an ADA interpretive trail. The trailhead is the site of a historic homestead, and you can learn about artifacts recovered during construction and view a historic outdoor chimney used… Read more »

Economic Impact of the Whitefish Trail
May 3, 2018

We are excited to announce the results of our recent economic impact study of local outdoor recreation and the Whitefish Trail! The community’s investment in conservation, recreation, and education opportunities on our local lands is paying off in a big way. This research study was produced by Headwaters Economics in partnership with Whitefish Legacy Partners and the… Read more »

WLP Wins Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Grant
April 4, 2018

Whitefish Legacy Partners has been awarded $3,000 from the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative to support protecting Smith Lake and connecting areas of community conservation with managed recreation. Thank you Y2Y for investing in the future of the Crown of the Continent! Read an except from our grant application below:    “The Close the Loop Project… Read more »

DNRC Releases Close the Loop Draft EA
April 3, 2018

Anytime a project is proposed on State Trust Lands, the DNRC must adhere to the Montana Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) and complete an extensive environmental review. Experts in soils, hydrology, wildlife, safety, and economics review each proposal and determine the cumulative effects and impacts of No Action and Action alternatives. The City of Whitefish formally… Read more »

Close the Loop Video
March 5, 2018

Connecting our community’s legacy: 6,100 acres protected forever, 42 miles of trail, and counting…

Winter Grooming in Beaver Lakes
February 16, 2018

Have you been out on the Whitefish Trail this winter? Whether taking the dog for a walk, cross country skiing, or exploring with snowshoes,  our community trail offers an option for everyone. Lion Mountain stays busy through the winter with packed trails even after the biggest storms, while the single-track in Beaver Lakes offers a… Read more »

Big Mountain Trailhead Open!
January 24, 2018

The Big Mountain Trailhead is officially open! The new trailhead offers ample parking, a vault toilet, and groomed winter access for the existing trails in Haskill Basin. We are excited to partner with Glacier Nordic Club to offer this new destination for the community. Snowshoers and fat bikers can explore the new section of Whitefish… Read more »

Close the Loop Presentation
December 4, 2017

On November 13th, 2017, the City of Whitefish & Whitefish Legacy Partners held a public open house outlining the next steps in our Close the Loop Project. VIEW THE PRESENTATION HERE

Close the Loop Series: Connecting Community Through Outdoor Education & Stewardship
November 10, 2017

The Close the Loop Series has discussed how the Whitefish Trail benefits our local economy, wildlife, and quality of life. At the core of the project also exists an invaluable connection to the natural lands surrounding our community. Locals and visitors from all walks of life can gain meaningful experiences by exploring local lands on the Whitefish… Read more »