Public Meeting for Proposed Changes on Whitefish River Set for April 10

By Beacon Staff

The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission will hold a public hearing on April 10 at 6 p.m. to consider amending boating rules on the Whitefish River. The meeting will be held at the Whitefish City Hall, 418 Second St. E.

The Whitefish River currently has a no-wake restriction from the outlet of Whitefish Lake to the JP Bridge. This amendment would further restrict the river to manually and electric powered watercraft from its confluence at the railroad trestle south of Whitefish Lake outlet to the bridge on JP Road.

The City of Whitefish submitted the petition to restrict motorized boating to the Fish and Wildlife Commission in part to “provide a unique quiet and safe refuge for locals and visitors who are seeking an alternative recreational experience.”

Residents may submit their comments either orally or in writing at the hearing on April 10. Comments will be accepted through April 18 at FWP, Region 1 Office, 490 North Meridian Road, Kalispell, MT 59901; FAX: 257-0349; or email at

The state commission will analyze comments and make a final decision on the petition at their June 12 meeting.

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