You’re a fan of Rosewater and probably a fan of the fun-filled Flathead Valley too, but did you know that it’s jammed packed with strong economic indicators? Did you also know that it’s a perfect location with seemingly endless recreational opportunities?
Strong economic indicators in the Flathead Valley paired with a robust business environment make this area easy to love where you live, work and play! Rosewater is located in the center of the Flathead Valley in the beautiful northwest corner of Montana. A prominent tourism destination with nearby attractions of Glacier National Park, Flathead Lake (largest freshwater lake in the western U.S.), the Bob Marshall Wilderness complex, Whitefish Mountain Resort and Blacktail Mountain Ski areas.
If you love waterskiing and but have never snow skied, or you happen to love both, Rosewater is your dream location. With world-class waterskiing out your front door, you’re also backed by world-class snow skiing in both directions from your front door. With Whitefish Mountain Resort and Blacktail Mountain Resort within eyesight, it’s easy to stay on skis nearly year-round. Last year, Whitefish Mountain Resort received 311 inches of snowfall, which was above its 10-year 300-inch average and we’re well on track this year to break that 300 inch marker.
Export trade in this area is strong with a $522 Million value of commodity trade from Montana to our northern neighbor, Canada, which excludes tourism and agriculture products. The nearby Glacier Park International Airport continues to set passenger records and add many flights to its roster. With Chicago, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Atlanta, San Francisco and more as direct flights, it remains efficient to hop on a flight for business or pleasure from the Flathead Valley. In 2016 147,626 traveled through this airport, up 6.6 percent over last year’s record year.
The estimated number of visitors to Glacier National Park in 2016 was 2,962,504 – a 24% increase over 2015’s record-breaking attendance. The economic impact to the state’s economy was a $664.5 million due to Montana’s national parks and recreational draw, stated by a National Park Service report. The many Montana State Parks also set records for the third straight year with the parks near or on Flathead Lake drawing 281,000 visitors, the 2nd most in the state.