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 Snow, Tree, & Leaf Removal


Spring 2020 Leaf Pickup

Spring leaf collection will occur beginning on May 4th Monday's only  thru May 25th. Public Works will pick up naturally occurring debris such as leaves, grass clippings, and tree branches.

Leaves and clippings must be bagged and securely tied and not weigh more than 25 pounds per bag. Please, do not place animal waste into the bags. Tree limbs or branches must be trimmed into 4 foot lengths; limbs should be securely bundled. Please, place the debris on the nearest boulevard for pickup, if there is not access to a boulevard, the material must be set at least 10’ from the nearest refuse container.

The City encourages residents to compost their yard and garden waste to reduce to amount of material to be picked up. There is a trailer staged at the recycling site on the north end of Columbia Ave if you would prefer to drop off your bagged leaves.

The City will not pick up such items as old appliances, furniture, mattresses, construction rubble or oversized tree limbs or branches. These items must be hauled by the property owner to the County Landfill.

Please, call the Public Works Office at 863-2460 if there are any questions.

Thank you for your cooperation



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.


Winter Parking in Whitefish

Per City Ordinance 18-24, Parking restrictions are in place October 1 thru April 30 of each year.

Winter Parking Regulations

Alternate Side Parking Frequently Asked Questions: FAQ's 



Snow Removal Map

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Snow Removal Map

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),  Regardless of any snow event, during the months of October – April, between the hours of 5 AM to 5PM, do the following: On the even calendar days – park on the even side of the street, On the odd calendar days – park on the odd side of the street

Emergency and Priority routes may be plowed out of sequence regardless of direction of travel due to hazardous winter time conditions. 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 67 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: October – April, between the hours of 5 AM to 5 PM, On the even calendar days – park on the even side of the street, On the odd calendar days – park on the odd side of the street.

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.