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Dollar Lake Grand Opening!
November 1, 2015 - 10:00 pm - November 2, 2015 - 12:00 am
Whitefish Legacy Partners (WLP) invites the public to a Whitefish Trail Grand Opening on November 1, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at Dollar Lake, located 6 miles up Beaver Lake Road. WLP asks people to park at Woods Lake Trailhead and hike 0.5 miles to Dollar Lake for the ceremony.
The Grand Opening celebration will include a ribbon cutting ceremony with partners from the City of Whitefish, Whitefish Legacy Partners and the DNRC, followed by a guided hike led by trail designers David Noftsinger and Greg Gunderson of Forestoration, and children’s activities led by Kim Corette, WT Outdoor Education Specialist. Refreshments will be served.
The new section of the Whitefish Trail at Dollar Lake includes three miles of natural surface trail providing a variety of trail experiences for hikers, bikers, and equestrians. The new trail’s highlights includes connections to three scenic lakes including Dollar, Beaver and Little Beaver Lakes providing spectacular recreational opportunities and numerous loop options. The addition of these trails brings the total mileage of the Whitefish Trail to 36 miles. Dollar Lake now offers parking, information and lake access for carry-in boats.
Funds financing Dollar Lake’s construction came from a State of Montana Tourism Infrastructure Investment Grant, a Montana Recreational Trails Program Grant, and matching funds from the local community. The Goguen Family donated an additional trail easement to connect Dollar Lake to the existing Whitefish Lake overlook loop above Woods Lake as well.
Whitefish Legacy Partners Executive Director Heidi Van Everen, explains, “We are so excited to add these new sections of trail offering so many new loops on the Whitefish Trail. Access to these lakes offer great new destinations for hiking, biking and fishing adventures with friends and family, from young kids to grandparents. We are eager to expand the Whitefish Trail again this year and offer the public permanent access to these incredible lakes.”
The Dollar Lake Grand Opening coincides with Extra Mile America Day recognizing the importance of volunteerism in our community. Extra Mile Day is a day to celebrate individuals and organizations that go the extra mile to make a difference in personal effort, volunteerism and service. Mayor John Muhlfeld recently recognized Jim and Lisa Stack for their efforts to “go the extra mile”. The Stack’s made a generous contribution to WLP and the City in December 2014 to complete the fundraising effort to support the Beaver Lakes Recreation Easement. The easement permanently protects 1,520 acres from Lion Mountain to the Beaver Lakes, including Dollar Lake. Jim and Lisa have also served over 20 years on the Whitefish Lake and Lakeshore Committees.
Future Whitefish Trail expansion is planned to connect the existing Whitefish Trail to the southern shore of Beaver Lake as well as adding five miles of trail on the west side of the Haskill Basin Conservation Easement including two easy access trailheads. For more information, contact Whitefish Legacy Partners at 862.3880 or www.whitefishlegacy.org.