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
N F Flathead River Nr Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12355500
1,090 cfs 2.3 ft
South Crow Creek Near Ronan Mt
USGS 12375900
9 cfs 1.9 ft
Cut Bank Creek Near Browning Mt
USGS 06098500
60 cfs ft
N F Milk River Ab St Mary Ca Nr Browning Mt
USGS 06133500
9 cfs 1.6 ft
St. Mary Canal At St. Mary Crossing Near Babb Mt
USGS 05018500
606 cfs 7.6 ft
St. Mary River Near Babb Mt
USGS 05017500
840 cfs 3.1 ft
Flathead River Near Bigfork Mt
USGS 12369000
4,310 cfs ft
Flathead River At Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12363000
4,600 cfs 4.0 ft
Swan River Near Bigfork Mt
USGS 12370000
623 cfs 2.6 ft
S F Flathead River Nr Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12362500
1,980 cfs 5.4 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Flattop Mtn.
SNOTEL 482
2" 0"
Noisy Basin
SNOTEL 664
1" 0"