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
S F Flathead River Nr Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12362500
3,020 cfs 6.3 ft
Mill Cr Ab Bassoo Cr Nr Niarada Mt
USGS 12374250
2 cfs 1.4 ft
Flathead River Near Polson Mt
USGS 12372000
12,100 cfs 7.3 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
Swan River Near Bigfork Mt
USGS 12370000
478 cfs 2.4 ft
N F Flathead River Nr Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12355500
1,460 cfs 2.2 ft
Swiftcurrent Cr Ab Swiftcurrent Lk At Many Glacier
USGS 05014300
113 cfs 1.8 ft
Flathead River At Flathead British Columbia
USGS 12355000
1,350 cfs 5.1 ft
Flathead River At Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12363000
4,840 cfs 4.3 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Noisy Basin
SNOTEL 664
74" 1"
Moss Peak
SNOTEL 646
75" -1"
Many Glacier
SNOTEL 613
28" 0"
North Fork Jocko
SNOTEL 667
82" 2"
Emery Creek
SNOTEL 469
36" 0"
Flattop Mtn.
SNOTEL 482
82" 0"
Bisson Creek
SNOTEL 346
18" 0"
big mountain summit: whitefish
SNOTEL BIGMS_MADIS
78" 1"
Blacktail Mtn
SNOTEL 1144
24" -1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Quartz Creek - Glacier National Park None 3,516 ft
Bowman Lake - Glacier National Park 50 4,065 ft
Fish Creek - Glacier National Park 180 3,225 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Blacktail Mountain Ski Area 24" 31° 0.52"
Whitefish Mountain Resort 24" 31° 0.52"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Polebridge to Big Creek 3020.0cfs 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 3020.0cfs 8.0 Mi III- to III
Glacier RIm to Blankenship Bridge and Confluence 3020.0cfs 5.0 Mi II