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Be a Friend of The Fish

Visitors and locals working together

Welcome to our quiet little mountain town, we are glad you are here and we invite you to Be a Friend of the Fish.

We hope you enjoy your experience while vacationing in one of the last remaining authentic mountain towns in the West. As you plan your vacation and recreational pursuits, we encourage taking a moment to learn about how to practice responsible recreation and how to Be a Friend of the Fish. Like the natural beauty that surrounds the City of Whitefish, we are a fragile community and seek sustainability into the future.

As a Friend of the Fish, we ask for kindness for our fellow people, making small footprints in nature, and sharing adventures together, this is the spirit of Whitefish and we look forward to sharing our hometown with you. As locals and visitors share the experience of what makes Whitefish special, we invite you to join us in our shared values. Slow down.  Show respect. Celebrate the spirit of our townspeople that is grounded in natural beauty and playing in the mountains.

Welcome to our quiet little mountain town—even if it is just for a short time as we share our journey together. Be a Friend of the Fish.

Hiking in Haskill Basin on the Whitefish Trail
Hiking in Haskill Basin on the Whitefish Trail

Be a Friend of The Fish Checklist:

Be a steward of our community! We invite you to...

 Fuel up at local businesses. Our merchants rely on your support!
 Be extra kind to our workers. They are the backbone of this town.
 Get your ticket for the Glacier National Park Vehicle Reservation System at
 Avoid single-use plastic. Use or buy a reusable water bottle. Please recycle.
 Hire local guides for your adventures. You’ll learn a lot along the way.
 Pack layers, extra food and water, and wayfinding devices.
 Bring a bag for TP and trash. Don’t be gross. Leave No Trace.
 Give wildlife lots of space and take photos with a zoom lens.
 Always have bear spray accessible on the trail. Know how to use it.
 Be mindful of geotagging. Social media posts can overcrowd local trails.
 Put out your campfire completely: douse, stir, douse, and feel.
 Ignite inclusive conversations and show mutual respect for all people.
 Learn about the indigenous communities who originally settled these lands.
 Walk, bike, or hop on the S.N.O.W bus before you drive.
 Your car is awesome! But please don’t create a new parking space.
 Walk your bike on busy sidewalks. Only ride e-bikes in designated areas.
 Breathe deep. Be patient when waiting in lines or traffic.
 Breweries, dispensaries and distilleries have state specific rules. Please ask and follow.
 Give back. Text WILD4WHITEFISH to 44321 to donate to The Whitefish Trail.

Be a Friend of The Fish Community Values: