Essex To Moccasin Creek


Another good scenic family float section of the middle fork.  This can be combined with parts of the upper or the John Stevens Canyon portion downstream.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Flathead, Middle Fork are between a bare minimum of 1,000cfs and a high of 9,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 12359800, the S F Flathead R Ab Twin C Nr Hungry Horse Mt Remember only watercraft are permitted at Essex to Moccasin Creek.

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
Browns Hole Rapid
Class III- to III+

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
St. Mary Canal At St. Mary Crossing Near Babb Mt
USGS 05018500
618 cfs 7.6 ft
Cut Bank Creek Near Browning Mt
USGS 06098500
60 cfs ft
Flathead River At Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12363000
9,940 cfs 5.9 ft
Swiftcurrent Cr Ab Swiftcurrent Lk At Many Glacier
USGS 05014300
439 cfs 2.9 ft
N F Flathead River Nr Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12355500
1,980 cfs 3.0 ft
St. Mary Canal At Intake Near Babb Mt
USGS 05018000
633 cfs 7.6 ft
Middle Fork Flathead River Nr West Glacier Mt
USGS 12358500
2,710 cfs 3.3 ft
Flathead River Near Polson Mt
USGS 12372000
4,440 cfs 4.1 ft
Two Medicine River Bl South Fork Nr Browning Mt
USGS 06091700
222 cfs 2.6 ft
Flathead River Near Bigfork Mt
USGS 12369000
4,310 cfs ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Noisy Basin
SNOTEL 664
95" 0"
Pike Creek
SNOTEL 693
1" 0"
Moss Peak
SNOTEL 646
84" 0"
Stuart Mountain
SNOTEL 901
79" 0"
Badger Pass
SNOTEL 307
74" 4"
Bisson Creek
SNOTEL 346
16" -4"
Flattop Mtn.
SNOTEL 482
109" 0"