In Whitefish safety isn’t a big concern. With a much lower crime index than the national average, this small town is a top pick for both single travelers and families alike.
How can I stay safe while camping?
- When camping in Whitefish, the Flathead National Forest or Glacier National Park or at any area in northwest Montana it is almost important to remember a few things. Be bear aware. You are in the heart of bear country, so proper food storage and disposal is important.
- It’s a good idea to speak with the campground hosts or local ranger station to be aware of any fire conditions, weather warnings, bear activity, flooding or hazards at camping area.
How can I be Bear Aware?
- When hiking or camping in bear country be prepared for a bear encounter. Whether carrying bear bells or by singing, make noise while walking in the woods. You are likely to get into trouble by surprising a bear, especially a mother bear with cubs, so make noise especially around blind corners.
- Carry bear spray.
- It is not recommended to hike alone. The larger your hiking party, the safer you will be. If traveling alone, ask fellow hikers if you can shadow them along the trail. For families, it is important to keep small children close to you at all times.
- Be observant. Along the trail, keep an eye out for bear scat and tracks.
- When camping, it is important to follow all food storage and disposal procedures. Do not keep food in your tent. Store food at a safe distance from your camp. Dispose of food in appropriate bear proof container which are away from you and other campers.
- Bears are attracted by smell. Do not leave food along the trail or behind at your campsite as it puts others in danger.
How can I stay safe while boating?
- Montana’s many mountain lakes and rivers are ideal locations for boating, but it is important to stay safe and follow the law. It is illegal to consume alcohol and operate a motorboat.
- Always be aware of other boaters and swimmer in the area.
- Be aware of water temperatures. In northwest Montana water temps can stay quiet chilly, even in August. Hypothermia can be a killer and drowning is the number one cause of death in Glacier National Park.
- Always make sure your boat or personal watercraft meets Montana safety standard and is equipped with a life jacket and the appropriate safety equipment.
- Be sure to consult the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks website for a full list of boating safety requirements.