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Updated Sept. 19, 2017:  Rain and snow! We are grateful for the moisture as it helps minimize fire activity.

 

Sept. 19, 2017 - Rain and snow are a welcome weather shift in Whitefish.
Downtown Whitefish Sept. 9, 2017.
Lake McDonald Web cam Sept. 10, 2017.
Foodie tours are highly recommended!
How sweet it is.
 

While this moisture has moderated fire activity, the thick canopy of trees prevented most of it from reaching the forest floor where the fire is actively burning. 

Regional wildfires have caused some temporary area closures in Glacier National Park. Enjoying a visit to Whitefish is easy if you do your research and find the sweet spots as each day changes. Whitefish is known for its friendliness, where locals will treat you like friends and help you have a great visit.

WHITEFISH

Visitors can monitor air quality here - and click on "Flathead Valley" for up to the hour status. Our web cam network is also a good way to get a feel for conditions. 

If smoke conditions are present and do not make it comfortable to be outside, indoor activities like our WAVE Aquatic Center, Rockfish Climbing Gym, Stumptown Art Studio, and local shops and galleries, are a good way to enjoy your time until conditions change.

We also recommend a foodie tour of our amazing restaurants! And don't forget to visit our local distillery (Spotted Bear Spirits) and two breweries (Great Northern Brewing Co. and Bonsai Brewing Project.)

The Whitefish Trail, Whitefish Mountain Resort (Fri-Sun lift operations in Sept.), Whitefish River, City Beach, and Les Mason State Park are excellent outdoor options for travelers in Whitefish as outdoor conditions allow.

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK

The Going-to-the-Sun Road is now temporarily closed on the west side from the south end of Lake McDonald to Logan Pass. The duration of the closure is unknown at this time. You can still access the 18.5 mile alpine stretch from St. Mary on the east side to Logan Pass. Visitors can also drive 2 miles from the West entrance to the foot of Lake McDonald.

On Sept. 13 there was an evacuation warning in the Apgar and Lake McDonald area. With the forecasted weather change and its potential effects on fire behavior, residents and visitors were advised to prepare for a possible evacuation.

Other Glacier National Park areas remaining open include Apgar Village, east side trails including access to Granite Park Chalet, Two Medicine, St. Mary, Many Glacier, and Goat Haunt. The Camas Road, Chief Mountain Road, Cut Bank Road, Two Medicine Road, and Many Glacier Road are open.

You can often find areas of Glacier that have less smoke. 

Resources:

Air Quality (click on Flathead Valley)

Whitefish Web Cams

Current trail and backcountry campground status for Glacier National Park

Latest information on the Sprague Fire

Glacier National Park Web Cam Network

Glacier National Park Twitter

Glacier National Park Facebook

Explore Whitefish Facebook

Explore Whitefish Twitter

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Visitor Information:

307 Spokane Ave., Whitefish, MT 59937

tel: 877-862-3548

info@explorewhitefish.com

Administration Office:

231 First St. Ste G, Whitefish, MT 59937

tel: 406-862-3390

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