About Whitefish

Whitefish is a family-oriented community and resort town in northwest Montana with a population of approximately 6,357 people (based on the 2010 census, a 26.33% increase from the 2000 census). The area within Whitefish City limits, including Whitefish Lake, is currently 7,484 acres or 11.69 square miles.

Railroad & Logging Town

Historically Whitefish was primarily a railroad and logging town. The railroad continues to be a major part of our economic base, but logging has diminished in recent years and there are no longer any sawmills in town. There is still logging being done in the County and sawmills still exist in adjacent communities. 


Whitefish is one of the major recreation centers of western Montana, surrounded by the Whitefish Mountain Resort at Big Mountain, Glacier National Park, Whitefish Lake, and a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. Skiing has occurred at the Whitefish Mountain Resort at Big Mountain since December 14, 1947. 

Whitefish is also a host to many events during the summer and winter, highlighted by the Winter Carnival in February of each year.