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
Flathead River Near Polson Mt
USGS 12372000
9,080 cfs 6.2 ft
Middle Fork Flathead River Nr West Glacier Mt
USGS 12358500
680 cfs 2.0 ft
Swiftcurrent Cr Ab Swiftcurrent Lk At Many Glacier
USGS 05014300
113 cfs 1.8 ft
S F Flathead River Nr Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12362500
3,360 cfs 6.5 ft
Flathead River At Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12363000
4,910 cfs 4.3 ft
N F Flathead River Nr Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12355500
887 cfs 2.1 ft
Mill Cr Ab Bassoo Cr Nr Niarada Mt
USGS 12374250
2 cfs 1.4 ft
Swiftcurrent Creek At Many Glacier Mt
USGS 05014500
18 cfs 1.5 ft
S F Flathead R Ab Twin C Nr Hungry Horse Mt
USGS 12359800
785 cfs 5.5 ft
Flathead River Near Bigfork Mt
USGS 12369000
4,310 cfs ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
North Fork Jocko
SNOTEL 667
74" -1"
Emery Creek
SNOTEL 469
32" 0"
big mountain summit: whitefish
SNOTEL BIGMS_MADIS
74" -1"
Flattop Mtn.
SNOTEL 482
79" -2"
Blacktail Mtn
SNOTEL 1144
24" 0"
Bisson Creek
SNOTEL 346
17" -1"
Noisy Basin
SNOTEL 664
70" -1"
Moss Peak
SNOTEL 646
73" -1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Fish Creek - Glacier National Park 180 3,225 ft
Bowman Lake - Glacier National Park 50 4,065 ft
Quartz Creek - Glacier National Park None 3,516 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Blacktail Mountain Ski Area 24" 27° 1.47"
Whitefish Mountain Resort 24" 27° 1.47"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Glacier RIm to Blankenship Bridge and Confluence 3360.0cfs 5.0 Mi II
Polebridge to Big Creek 3360.0cfs 20.0 Mi II to III-
West Glacier to Blankenship Bridge 4310.0cfs 5.5 Mi II+ to III
Moccasin Creek to West Glacier (John Stevens Canyon) 4310.0cfs 9.0 Mi II+ to III+
Big Creek to Glacier Rim 3360.0cfs 8.0 Mi III- to III