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 Near Bigfork Mt
USGS 12369000
4,310 cfs ft
Swan River Near Bigfork Mt
USGS 12370000
5,950 cfs 6.0 ft
S F Flathead R Ab Twin C Nr Hungry Horse Mt
USGS 12359800
10,600 cfs 10.5 ft
S F Flathead River Nr Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12362500
13,200 cfs 11.4 ft
Middle Fork Flathead River Nr West Glacier Mt
USGS 12358500
15,200 cfs 7.1 ft
N F Flathead River Nr Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12355500
13,700 cfs 7.8 ft
Mill Cr Ab Bassoo Cr Nr Niarada Mt
USGS 12374250
2 cfs 1.4 ft
Flathead River At Flathead British Columbia
USGS 12355000
3,170 cfs 7.5 ft
Flathead River At Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12363000
42,400 cfs 13.1 ft
Swiftcurrent Creek At Many Glacier Mt
USGS 05014500
685 cfs 3.3 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Quartz Creek - Glacier National Park None 3,516 ft
Bowman Lake - Glacier National Park 50 4,065 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Whitefish Mountain Resort 25" 62° 0"
Blacktail Mountain Ski Area 25" 62° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
West Glacier to Blankenship Bridge 4310.0cfs 5.5 Mi II+ to III
Glacier RIm to Blankenship Bridge and Confluence 4590.0cfs 5.0 Mi II
Border to Polebridge 3170.0cfs 24.2 Mi II to II+
Big Creek to Glacier Rim 13200.0cfs 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 4590.0cfs 20.0 Mi II to III-