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
Flathead River At Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12363000
4,600 cfs 4.0 ft
Middle Fork Flathead River Nr West Glacier Mt
USGS 12358500
1,050 cfs 2.3 ft
N F Flathead River Nr Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12355500
1,090 cfs 2.3 ft
S F Flathead River Nr Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12362500
1,980 cfs 5.4 ft
Flathead River At Flathead British Columbia
USGS 12355000
269 cfs 4.5 ft
Tobacco River Near Eureka Mt
USGS 12301300
388 cfs 3.1 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Hand Creek
SNOTEL 510
3" 3"
Flattop Mtn.
SNOTEL 482
2" 0"
big mountain summit: whitefish
SNOTEL BIGMS_MADIS
6" -6"
Noisy Basin
SNOTEL 664
1" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Pollock Creek 5 4,706 ft
Red Meadow Lake 6 5,635 ft
Tuchuck 7 4,618 ft
Kintla Lake - Glacier National Park None 4,027 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Castle Mountain Resort " ° "
Pass Powderkeg " ° "
Whitefish Mountain Resort 0" 84° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Big Creek to Glacier Rim 1980.0cfs 8.0 Mi III- to III
Polebridge to Big Creek 1980.0cfs 20.0 Mi II to III-
Border to Polebridge 269.0cfs 24.2 Mi II to II+