PROTECTING HASKILL BASIN FOREVER
3,022 ACRES PROTECTED FOREVER
Haskill Basin has been treasured by the community for years thanks to public access granted by F.H. Stoltze Land & Lumber Co. Although many know Haskill Basin for its trails and roads for hiking, hunting, running and skiing, Haskill Basin also serves as the water supply for the City of Whitefish and is known for its rich biological diversity. The 3,022 acre Haskill Basin Conservation Easement was purchased and finalized in 2016 resulting in the removal of development rights, permanently protecting the City’s water supply, continued sustainable timber management, and guaranteed recreation access. Trust for Public Land, MT Fish Wildlife & Parks, F.H. Stoltze Land & Lumber Co., and the City of Whitefish partnered to permanently protect this critical landscape.
The Whitefish Trail in Haskill
The Whitefish Trail in Haskill connects the City of Whitefish to Whitefish Mountain Resort with two trailheads and 5.5 miles of non-motorized trail. WLP designed and built the trail in 2017 along the western edge of the 3,022 acre Haskill Basin Conservation Easement in partnership with the City, Iron Horse, Flathead Land Trust, and Winter Sports Inc.
The Reservoir Trailhead on City property provides close-to-town access to the Whitefish Trail in Haskill.
The Big Mountain Trailhead serves as the “Winter” Whitefish Trail, connecting to the groomed Nordic trails in Haskill Basin in partnership with Whitefish Mountain Resort, Glacier Nordic Club, and Iron Horse.
WLP funded the Whitefish Trail in Haskill with grants from the Land & Water Conservation Fund, the MT Recreational Trails Program, and the Flathead National Forest Resource Advisory Council. These grants required a $200k match which was secured from community donors.
Grant Funds Secured = $251,300
MT RECREATIONAL TRAILS PROGRAM
MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks
LAND & WATER CONSERVATION FUND
MT State Parks
RESOURCE ADVISORY COUNCIL
Flathead National Forest
Haskill Match Challenge Community Donors = $232,000
TO OUR HASKILL BASIN PARTNERS
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 and connect our community conservation lands. Haskill Basin is our eastern gateway to a remarkable legacy of conservation on the Whitefish Trail.