Water-ski community to be built in Kalispell


KALISPELL, Mont. - A new water-ski community is starting up in the Flathead, and its developers are looking for buyers for the 58 planned home sites on 154 acres of farm land just east of Whitefish Stage Road and north of Rose Crossing in Kalispell. It will feature homes and two man-made lakes, each a half-mile long.

The big draw is two water-ski courses on the lake in the middle of the community.

Greg Alsbury pointed out where his new house in the Rosewater community will be.

"I've got a lot picked out down at the middle of the lake," Alsbury said.

It's hard to envision a lake right now, so that's why we looked at drawings to see what Alsbury's home and community will look like.

"You'll see a lot of activity in the springtime. You'll see water-skiing in the summer, by early summer here," said Bill Tanner.

Tanner is the project developer. He met us at the future site of the community, where he outlined his work -- from figuring out the fallout of sound from boats to how they'll fill the lakes.

The site was farmland and it had irrigation rights from Whitefish River. That means the lakes -- each eight feet deep -- will be filled.

"Some of the most valuable things with a water-ski lake, of course, is water, and with this land came water rights from the Whitefish River, so we have plenty of water to pump into the lake," said Alsbury.

While the project completion date is still at least a year away, both Alsbury and Tanner are ready to see the project start up.

"It's just kind of been a dream of mine to have a lot on a lake this close to town, and something that we can get some great water and great conditions here in the valley," Alsbury said.