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Whitewater River Run

Montana Flathead, Middle Fork

Bear Creek To Essex

Class II TO III+


81°, Slight Chance Rain Then Heavy Rain

The Bear Creek to Essex River run in Montana is best suited for experienced rafters due to the challenging Class III and IV rapids. The river offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and forest, but requires careful navigation around rocks and tight turns. The best time to float this section of water is in late spring or early summer, when water levels are high and the rapids are at their most thrilling. Recommended flow levels range from 800 to 1800 cfs. Rafters should be prepared for the possibility of cold water and strong currents, and should wear appropriate gear and safety equipment.

Weather today, A slight chance of rain, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. Calm wind becoming west 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Status Runnable
Class Level II to III+
Elevation 3,586 ft
Run Length 4.7 Mi
Gradient 25 FPM
Streamflow Discharge 4510 cfs
Gauge Height 8.3 ft
Reporting Streamgage S F Flathead R Ab Twin C Nr Hungry Horse Mt
USGS 12359800

Nearby Snowpack and Streamflow Levels

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Flathead River Near Polson Mt
USGS 12372000
12,700 cfs 7.5 ft
Mission Cr Ab Reservoir Nr St Ignatius Mt
USGS 12377150
175 cfs 3.2 ft
Swiftcurrent Cr Ab Swiftcurrent Lk At Many Glacier
USGS 05014300
113 cfs 1.8 ft
South Fork Sun River Near Augusta Mt
USGS 06079000
902 cfs 3.3 ft
Flathead River At Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12363000
11,400 cfs 6.6 ft
Cut Bank Creek Near Browning Mt
USGS 06098500
60 cfs ft
North Fork Sun River Near Augusta Mt
USGS 06078500
751 cfs 5.1 ft
St. Mary River Near Babb Mt
USGS 05017500
1,320 cfs 3.6 ft
Swiftcurrent Creek At Many Glacier Mt
USGS 05014500
280 cfs 2.4 ft
S F Flathead River Nr Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12362500
2,030 cfs 5.4 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Stuart Mountain
15" -2"
North Fork Jocko
4" -1"
Flattop Mtn.
13" -2"
Moss Peak
32" -2"

Popular Destinations

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Spotted Bear 13 3,734 ft
St. Mary Lake - Glacier National Park 150 4,524 ft
Peters Creek 6 3,595 ft
Two Medicine - Glacier National Park 100 5,203 ft
Devil Creek 14 4,392 ft
Devils Corkscrew 11 3,604 ft
Rising Sun - Glacier National Park 85 4,550 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Schafer Meadows to Bear Creek (Upper) 4310.0cfs 26.0 Mi III+ to IV+
Bear Creek to Essex 4510.0cfs 4.71 Mi II to III+
West Glacier to Blankenship Bridge 4310.0cfs 5.5 Mi II+ to III
Essex to Moccasin Creek 4510.0cfs 26.0 Mi II+
Moccasin Creek to West Glacier (John Stevens Canyon) 4310.0cfs 9.0 Mi II+ to III+

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