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
Swan River Near Bigfork Mt
USGS 12370000
1,270 cfs 3.3 ft
Middle Fork Flathead River Nr West Glacier Mt
USGS 12358500
2,710 cfs 3.3 ft
Mill Cr Ab Bassoo Cr Nr Niarada Mt
USGS 12374250
2 cfs 1.4 ft
S F Flathead R Ab Twin C Nr Hungry Horse Mt
USGS 12359800
2,270 cfs 7.1 ft
Flathead River At Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12363000
9,940 cfs 5.9 ft
Swiftcurrent Cr Ab Swiftcurrent Lk At Many Glacier
USGS 05014300
439 cfs 2.9 ft
Flathead River At Flathead British Columbia
USGS 12355000
353 cfs 4.7 ft
Swiftcurrent Creek At Many Glacier Mt
USGS 05014500
47 cfs 1.7 ft
S F Flathead River Nr Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12362500
4,970 cfs 7.5 ft
N F Flathead River Nr Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12355500
1,980 cfs 3.0 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Noisy Basin
SNOTEL 664
95" 0"
Blacktail Mtn
SNOTEL 1144
22" 0"
Moss Peak
SNOTEL 646
84" 0"
Flattop Mtn.
SNOTEL 482
109" 0"
Bisson Creek
SNOTEL 346
16" -4"
Grave Creek
SNOTEL 500
26" 2"
big mountain summit: whitefish
SNOTEL BIGMS_MADIS
91" 1"

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 22" 38° 0"
Whitefish Mountain Resort 22" 38° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Polebridge to Big Creek 4970.0cfs 20.0 Mi II to III-
Glacier RIm to Blankenship Bridge and Confluence 4970.0cfs 5.0 Mi II
Big Creek to Glacier Rim 4970.0cfs 8.0 Mi III- to III
Moccasin Creek to West Glacier (John Stevens Canyon) 4310.0cfs 9.0 Mi II+ to III+
West Glacier to Blankenship Bridge 4310.0cfs 5.5 Mi II+ to III
Border to Polebridge 353.0cfs 24.2 Mi II to II+