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
Middle Fork Flathead River Nr West Glacier Mt
USGS 12358500
1,050 cfs 2.3 ft
Flathead River Near Bigfork Mt
USGS 12369000
4,310 cfs ft
Swan River Near Bigfork Mt
USGS 12370000
623 cfs 2.6 ft
Flathead River At Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12363000
4,600 cfs 4.0 ft
Swiftcurrent Cr Ab Swiftcurrent Lk At Many Glacier
USGS 05014300
29 cfs 1.2 ft
Flathead River At Flathead British Columbia
USGS 12355000
269 cfs 4.5 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
704 cfs 5.4 ft
Swiftcurrent Creek At Many Glacier Mt
USGS 05014500
85 cfs 1.9 ft
N F Flathead River Nr Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12355500
1,090 cfs 2.3 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Noisy Basin
SNOTEL 664
1" 0"
Flattop Mtn.
SNOTEL 482
2" 0"
big mountain summit: whitefish
SNOTEL BIGMS_MADIS
6" -6"

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 0" 84° 0"
Whitefish Mountain Resort 0" 84° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Border to Polebridge 269.0cfs 24.2 Mi II to II+
Glacier RIm to Blankenship Bridge and Confluence 1980.0cfs 5.0 Mi II
West Glacier to Blankenship Bridge 4310.0cfs 5.5 Mi II+ to III
Polebridge to Big Creek 1980.0cfs 20.0 Mi II to III-
Moccasin Creek to West Glacier (John Stevens Canyon) 4310.0cfs 9.0 Mi II+ to III+
Big Creek to Glacier Rim 1980.0cfs 8.0 Mi III- to III