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
The Whitefish Trail in Haskill includes 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 and built a 5 ½ mile trail corridor along the western portion of the 3,022 acre conservation easement that connects the City of Whitefish to Whitefish Mountain Resort.
The Big Mountain Trailhead on Big Mountain Road serves 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.
WLP funded the Whitefish Trail in Haskill with grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the Montana 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 grant –
MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks – $90,000
Land & Water Conservation Fund –
MT State Parks – $150,000
Resource Advisory Council –
Flathead National Forest – $11,300
Haskill Match Challenge (community donors) = $232,000
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.