Flathead, North Fork - Polebridge to Big Creek



Another class I to II+ section similar to above polebridge.  This section is worth floating if you are doing a multi-day trip.  There are not a lot of rapids here but plenty of class V scenery.  Watch for wood hazards and shallow sections at lower flows.  At higher flows expect lots of swift water and very few eddy's.

Camping is restricted on river left since this is Glacier National Park.  All camp and cooking practices should adhere to Grizzly country standards.  Rangers patrol this section and will ticket those not complying with the rules.  If you do want to camp on river left inquire at GNP backcountry office in Apgar village and prepare to spend some time watching a bear video and paying for a back country permit.

The time I've spent here has had weather similar to Seatle.  High's in summer can be around 80 with the possibility of snow at any time.  The continental divide is just to the east of this run and as the air rises over the mountains this area see's it's fair share of rain.  Just plan on foul weather and you will be pleasantly surprised on sunny days.


Class II to III-
Current Flow 8710.0 CFS
07-02-2022 06:45

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Recommended Flow Minimum: 1000.0
Average: 7500.0
Maximum: 11000.0
Typical Season Begins: March
Ends: October
Recommended Use Kayaking: Yes
Rafting: Yes
Canoeing: Yes
Packrafting: No
Fishing: Yes
Primary Gauge N F Flathead River nr Columbia Falls MT
Length 20.0 Mile(s)
Gradient FPM

North Fork Scenery

06-25-2017 - Views just below the Log Jam

Photo By: Mary Zuschlag