Big Creek To Glacier Rim


As the North Fork of the Flathead passes the Camas Creek road upstream from here the river enters a canyon setting.  Remnants of a very large forest fire from the early 2000's scar the landscape as the new vegitation is re-emerging.  This is another very scenic run on the North Fork with not nearly as much river traffic as the Middle Fork sees.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Flathead, North Fork are between a bare minimum of 1,000cfs and a high of 11,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 12362500, the S F Flathead River Nr Columbia Falls Mt Remember only watercraft are permitted at Big Creek to Glacier Rim.

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Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Flathead River At Flathead British Columbia
USGS 12355000
556 cfs 5.1 ft
S F Flathead R Ab Twin C Nr Hungry Horse Mt
USGS 12359800
785 cfs 5.5 ft
Middle Fork Flathead River Nr West Glacier Mt
USGS 12358500
1,800 cfs 2.8 ft
Swiftcurrent Creek At Many Glacier Mt
USGS 05014500
77 cfs 1.9 ft
Mill Cr Ab Bassoo Cr Nr Niarada Mt
USGS 12374250
2 cfs 1.4 ft
Flathead River At Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12363000
4,800 cfs 4.3 ft
S F Flathead River Nr Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12362500
1,010 cfs 4.3 ft
Flathead River Near Bigfork Mt
USGS 12369000
4,310 cfs ft
N F Flathead River Nr Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12355500
2,010 cfs 3.0 ft
Swan River Near Bigfork Mt
USGS 12370000
672 cfs 2.7 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
North Fork Jocko
SNOTEL 667
26" 0"
Kraft Creek
SNOTEL 562
4" -1"
Bisson Creek
SNOTEL 346
7" -1"
Moss Peak
SNOTEL 646
31" 0"
Emery Creek
SNOTEL 469
7" -3"
Blacktail Mtn
SNOTEL 1144
4" -1"
Many Glacier
SNOTEL 613
2" -2"
Noisy Basin
SNOTEL 664
33" 1"
Flattop Mtn.
SNOTEL 482
26" 0"
big mountain summit: whitefish
SNOTEL BIGMS_MADIS
7.4" -0.65"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Bowman Lake - Glacier National Park 50 4,065 ft
Quartz Creek - Glacier National Park None 3,516 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Blacktail Mountain Ski Area 4" 46° 0"
Whitefish Mountain Resort 4" 46° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
West Glacier to Blankenship Bridge 4310.0cfs 5.5 Mi II+ to III
Border to Polebridge 556.0cfs 24.2 Mi II to II+
Glacier RIm to Blankenship Bridge and Confluence 1010.0cfs 5.0 Mi II
Big Creek to Glacier Rim 1010.0cfs 8.0 Mi III- to III
Moccasin Creek to West Glacier (John Stevens Canyon) 4310.0cfs 9.0 Mi II+ to III+
Polebridge to Big Creek 1010.0cfs 20.0 Mi II to III-