Snow, Tree, and Leaf Removal



Residents may drop off their Christmas trees at the Central Recycling Site located at the northeast corner of Columbia Avenue and Railway Street.  Please place trees outside of the fenced area directly south of the site.
The City of Whitefish Public Works Department will pick up Christmas Trees on Friday’s from December 29th thru January 12th
Please place the trees (free of stands, decorations, tinsel, lights, etc.) on the nearest boulevard for pick up.  If you do not have a boulevard, please place the tree in the alley at least 10' from the nearest garbage container.
Snow removal activities are priority during winter, so expect delays in tree pickup.
The City encourages residents to find alternative uses for their used Christmas trees, such as chipping them for mulch or using them for fire wood.




Snow Removal Map

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Snow Plowing

Overnight snow falls, measured by the Supervisor at 4:00 a.m., of four (4) inches or more will initiate City snow plowing routes. In accordance with City Code 6-2-2 (D), streets, avenues, etc. running east-west will be plowed prior to 12:00 noon of the same day and streets running north-south will be plowed after 12:00 noon.  Emergency and Priority routes may be plowed out of sequence regardless of direction of travel due to hazardous winter time conditions. Snow removal in areas with curbside parking, other than the downtown business district, will not begin until 8:00 a.m. unless emergency situations warrant earlier plowing.  The following are the City of Whitefish Emergency & Priority Snow Routes:


Emergency Snow Routes

Baker Avenue W. 19th Street to Edgewood Place
Columbia Avenue E. 7th Street to E. 13th Street
E. 2nd Street Spokane Avenue to E. Edgewood Place
Pine Avenue E. 2nd Street to E. 7th Street
7th Street Columbia Avenue to Muldown School
W. 13th Street Baker Avenue to Columbia Avenue
J.P. Road Hwy. 93 to Whitefish River Bridge
River Lakes Parkway J.P. Road to Hospital Way
Hospital Way River Lakes Parkway to Hwy. 40
W. 7th Street Baker Avenue to Karrow Avenue
Karrow Avenue W. 2nd Street to W. 7th Street
Edgewood Place Wisconsin Avenue to Washington Avenue
E. Edgewood Place Wisconsin Avenue to E. Texas Avenue
Dakota Avenue Edgewood Place to Glenwood Road
Glenwood Road Dakota Avenue to Wisconsin Avenue
State Park Road Hwy. 93 W. to W. Lakeshore Drive
Texas Avenue E. Edgewood Drive to Denver Street
Denver Avenue Texas Avenue to Wisconsin Avenue


Priority Snow Routes

1st Priority Emergency Routes
2nd Priority Collector & Commercial Streets
3rd Priority Residential Streets
4th Priority Cul-de-sacs & Parking Lots
5th Priority Alleys

Please Be Patient

The City has 6 snowplows and 1 grader to clear approximately 62 miles of roads and alleys. The Public Works Department has 8 employees available for snow removal operations. If snowfall or freezing rain resumes before we've gotten to your street, it probably means we've had to start over on 1st priority streets again.

Parking on Street

The more cars off the street, the faster and better job we can do clearing the roadway. If you have a driveway, please use it! If not, please move your vehicle in accordance with the following in mind: running east-west will be plowed prior to 12:00 noon streets running north-south will be plowed after 12:00 noon

How the Public Can Help

To report areas that are in need of immediate plowing or sanding, call 406-863-2460 or 406-863-2457 or email. If you reach voice mail, please leave address/location and a phone number to call back if needed.

Fire Hydrants

During plowing operations, equipment operators will try to refrain from piling excess snow near or around fire hydrants.  The Public Works Department will schedule snow clearing from around fire hydrants after other snow removal obligations are fulfilled.  In the meantime, the Fire Department and Whitefish residents are encouraged to assist with clearing snow and ice from around fire hydrants.  Ideally, fire hydrants should be cleared of snow and ice so as to create a four (4) foot clearance in all directions, and a three (3) foot wide path should be cleared from the fire hydrant to the street or public space so that the Fire Department personnel have unimpeded access to the fire hydrant.

Driveway Blocked?

It is inevitable that driveways will be blocked during plowing operations. We're sorry for this inconvenience, but please be understanding that it can't be avoided. Snow removal can be a monumental task with our limited equipment, and Street crews will do their best around the clock to get the roads cleared.

For More Information please refer to the City of Whitefish Snow Removal & Ice Control Manual.

Snow Removal on Sidewalks & Trails

The City of Whitefish Parks & Recreation Department maintains all sidewalks along City property in addition to City bicycle/pedestrian trails.  To report areas that are in need of immediate plowing or sanding, call 406-863-2470 or email.

Removal of snow or ice on sidewalks in front of homes or businesses is the responsibility of the property owner.  To report a hazardous situation, call 406-863-2410 or email for code enforcement.



The City of Whitefish Parks & Recreation Department maintains all trees in City Parks or on City property in addition to trees in boulevards.   If you would like to report a tree that needs trimming or removal, please call 406-863-2470 or email.



Leaf removal services have concluded for 2017

Schedule for Spring of 2018 will be provided once it has been established.