Glacier Rim To Blankenship Bridge And Confluence


The North Fork leaves the canyon after passing Glacier Rim and it opens up into a small wooded valley.  If you've come this far you might as well finish off the river at the confluence with the middle fork of the flathead.

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 Glacier RIm to Blankenship Bridge and Confluence.

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Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Swiftcurrent Cr Ab Swiftcurrent Lk At Many Glacier
USGS 05014300
113 cfs 1.8 ft
Flathead River At Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12363000
28,600 cfs 10.6 ft
Flathead River At Flathead British Columbia
USGS 12355000
1,880 cfs 6.5 ft
Middle Fork Flathead River Nr West Glacier Mt
USGS 12358500
9,190 cfs 5.4 ft
Mill Cr Ab Bassoo Cr Nr Niarada Mt
USGS 12374250
2 cfs 1.4 ft
Flathead River Near Polson Mt
USGS 12372000
34,400 cfs 12.9 ft
S F Flathead River Nr Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12362500
11,000 cfs 10.5 ft
S F Flathead R Ab Twin C Nr Hungry Horse Mt
USGS 12359800
6,400 cfs 9.1 ft
N F Flathead River Nr Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12355500
8,540 cfs 6.1 ft
Swan River Near Bigfork Mt
USGS 12370000
3,560 cfs 4.8 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Bowman Lake - Glacier National Park 50 4,065 ft
Fish Creek - Glacier National Park 180 3,225 ft
Quartz Creek - Glacier National Park None 3,516 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Blacktail Mountain Ski Area 25" 63° 0"
Whitefish Mountain Resort 25" 63° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Polebridge to Big Creek 4590.0cfs 20.0 Mi II to III-
West Glacier to Blankenship Bridge 4310.0cfs 5.5 Mi II+ to III
Big Creek to Glacier Rim 11000.0cfs 8.0 Mi III- to III
Moccasin Creek to West Glacier (John Stevens Canyon) 4310.0cfs 9.0 Mi II+ to III+
Glacier RIm to Blankenship Bridge and Confluence 4590.0cfs 5.0 Mi II