Border To Polebridge


This is a wild and scenic river in the heart of the Northern Rockies.  You have Glacier National Park on river left for your viewing pleasure.  You will have bears and other wildlife for your photo ops. Plenty of fishing here too.  Take your whole family and enjoy some nights on the river.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Flathead, North Fork are between a bare minimum of 1,000cfs and a high of 10,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 12355000, the Flathead River At Flathead British Columbia Remember only watercraft are permitted at Border to Polebridge.

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
Upper Kintla Rapids
Class II
Lower Kintla Rapids
Class II to II+

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
S F Flathead River Nr Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12362500
4,970 cfs 7.5 ft
Tobacco River Near Eureka Mt
USGS 12301300
388 cfs 3.1 ft
Flathead River At Flathead British Columbia
USGS 12355000
353 cfs 4.7 ft
N F Flathead River Nr Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12355500
1,980 cfs 3.0 ft
Middle Fork Flathead River Nr West Glacier Mt
USGS 12358500
2,710 cfs 3.3 ft
Flathead River At Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12363000
9,940 cfs 5.9 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Blacktail Mtn
SNOTEL 1144
22" 0"
Bisson Creek
SNOTEL 346
16" -4"
big mountain summit: whitefish
SNOTEL BIGMS_MADIS
91" 1"
Noisy Basin
SNOTEL 664
95" 0"
Moss Peak
SNOTEL 646
84" 0"
Hand Creek
SNOTEL 510
23" 0"
Flattop Mtn.
SNOTEL 482
109" 0"
Grave Creek
SNOTEL 500
26" 2"
Stahl Peak
SNOTEL 787
76" 2"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Pollock Creek 5 4,706 ft
Kintla Lake - Glacier National Park None 4,027 ft
Tuchuck 7 4,618 ft
Red Meadow Lake 6 5,635 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Castle Mountain Resort " ° "
Pass Powderkeg " ° "
Whitefish Mountain Resort 22" 38° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Border to Polebridge 353.0cfs 24.2 Mi II to II+
Big Creek to Glacier Rim 4970.0cfs 8.0 Mi III- to III
Polebridge to Big Creek 4970.0cfs 20.0 Mi II to III-