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Posted on: June 25, 2021

City partners with Marshall Mountain owners to preserve public recreation

Marshall Mtn Press Conference

Beginning later this summer, residents will have a chance to enjoy 160 acres of open space at the former Marshall Mountain Ski Area, located at 5250 Marshall Canyon Dr.

Thanks to a generous arrangement with current property owners, the City of Missoula will lease the property at the base of Marshall Mountain for the next 18 to 24 months for $10.00, with an option to purchase the parcel at the end of that term. After securing the area and mitigating potential safety hazards, Parks and Recreation will open the property to the public for self-initiated, day-use recreation in early August 2021. 

The former Marshall Mountain ski area has been closed to the public since 2002.  Parks and Recreation would like to thank residents in advance for their patience and cooperation while we remove safety hazards and prepare the property for public use. The August opening date, park hours and rules will be announced in July.

Izzy Dog, LLC owns the Marshall Mountain Base Area Property and is offering the Missoula community a unique opportunity to preserve Marshall Mountain and build a mountain-based recreation area that residents can readily access and enjoy. The City will work with many community partners, including Missoula County, to secure this area for future generations.

At the end of the lease period, the City of Missoula will have the option to purchase the Marshall Mountain Base Area Property for $1,850,000. The acquisition will be subject to the standard City open space acquisition processes, including an extensive public process with multiple opportunities for citizen engagement, culminating with a City Council vote. Potential funding sources may include but are not limited to the 2018 City-County Open Space bond, grants, and public/private partnerships. 

During the lease period, the City of Missoula will collaborate with community partners to develop strategies to fund property acquisition, design, planning, and development.

Parks and Recreation will host a community celebration at Marshall Mountain on September 12, 2021, from 1-4 p.m. Residents will have a chance to tour the site and learn how to become involved with the planning for the future Marshall Mountain Recreation Area.  

Check out the Project FAQs and Site Map to learn more. Additional project information and opportunities for public comment will be available at beginning Wednesday, June 30.

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