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
Swiftcurrent Creek At Many Glacier Mt
USGS 05014500
17 cfs 1.5 ft
Flathead River At Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12363000
4,960 cfs 4.3 ft
Flathead River At Flathead British Columbia
USGS 12355000
1,350 cfs 5.0 ft
S F Flathead R Ab Twin C Nr Hungry Horse Mt
USGS 12359800
785 cfs 5.5 ft
Swan River Near Bigfork Mt
USGS 12370000
478 cfs 2.4 ft
Middle Fork Flathead River Nr West Glacier Mt
USGS 12358500
719 cfs 2.0 ft
Flathead River Near Bigfork Mt
USGS 12369000
4,310 cfs ft
Mill Cr Ab Bassoo Cr Nr Niarada Mt
USGS 12374250
2 cfs 1.4 ft
S F Flathead River Nr Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12362500
3,330 cfs 6.5 ft
N F Flathead River Nr Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12355500
1,460 cfs 2.1 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
big mountain summit: whitefish
SNOTEL BIGMS_MADIS
75" -1"
Moss Peak
SNOTEL 646
74" -1"
Many Glacier
SNOTEL 613
31" 1"
Blacktail Mtn
SNOTEL 1144
24" -1"
Noisy Basin
SNOTEL 664
71" -1"
Flattop Mtn.
SNOTEL 482
81" -1"
Bisson Creek
SNOTEL 346
18" -2"
Emery Creek
SNOTEL 469
32" -1"

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
Blacktail Mountain Ski Area 24" 28° 0.48"
Whitefish Mountain Resort 24" 28° 0.48"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Border to Polebridge 1350.0cfs 24.2 Mi II to II+
Glacier RIm to Blankenship Bridge and Confluence 3330.0cfs 5.0 Mi II
Moccasin Creek to West Glacier (John Stevens Canyon) 4310.0cfs 9.0 Mi II+ to III+
Big Creek to Glacier Rim 3330.0cfs 8.0 Mi III- to III
Polebridge to Big Creek 3330.0cfs 20.0 Mi II to III-
West Glacier to Blankenship Bridge 4310.0cfs 5.5 Mi II+ to III