Moccasin Creek To West Glacier (John Stevens Canyon)


This is a great class III half day run through the John Stevens Canyon.  The best whitewater is during spring runoff although later on the rapids are still fun.  This is a very popular commercial stretch of river on the southern boundary of Glacier National Park.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Flathead, Middle Fork are between a bare minimum of 900cfs and a high of 16,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 12369000, the Flathead River Near Bigfork Mt Remember only watercraft are permitted at Moccasin Creek to West Glacier (John Stevens Canyon).

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
Tunnel Rapid
Class III to III+
Bonecrusher Rapid
Class III to III+
Washboard Rapid
Class II to II+
Big Squeeze Rapid
Class III to III+
Jaws Rapid
Class III to IV
Pin Ball Rapid
Class III to IV
Repeater Rapid
Class II to II+
CBT Rapid
Class III to III+
Pumphouse Rapid
Class III

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Swiftcurrent Creek At Many Glacier Mt
USGS 05014500
37 cfs 1.7 ft
S F Flathead River Nr Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12362500
4,950 cfs 7.5 ft
Flathead River At Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12363000
9,050 cfs 5.7 ft
Swan River Near Bigfork Mt
USGS 12370000
1,180 cfs 3.2 ft
S F Flathead R Ab Twin C Nr Hungry Horse Mt
USGS 12359800
1,880 cfs 6.8 ft
Flathead River Near Polson Mt
USGS 12372000
4,510 cfs 4.1 ft
St. Mary River Near Babb Mt
USGS 05017500
924 cfs 3.1 ft
Swiftcurrent Cr Ab Swiftcurrent Lk At Many Glacier
USGS 05014300
439 cfs 2.9 ft
St. Mary Canal At Intake Near Babb Mt
USGS 05018000
635 cfs 7.6 ft
Middle Fork Flathead River Nr West Glacier Mt
USGS 12358500
2,250 cfs 3.1 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Emery Creek
SNOTEL 469
26" 1"
Moss Peak
SNOTEL 646
87" -1"
big mountain summit: whitefish
SNOTEL BIGMS_MADIS
91" 3"
Noisy Basin
SNOTEL 664
94" -2"
Flattop Mtn.
SNOTEL 482
108" 1"
Kraft Creek
SNOTEL 562
20" 1"
Sleeping Woman
SNOTEL 783
40" -1"
North Fork Jocko
SNOTEL 667
88" 0"
Blacktail Mtn
SNOTEL 1144
21" -1"
Bisson Creek
SNOTEL 346
20" 3"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Apgar - Glacier National Park 200 3,190 ft
Lid Creek 30 3,581 ft
Emery Bay 26 3,608 ft
Lost Johnny Point 30 3,576 ft
Doris Creek 10 3,587 ft
Handkerchief Lake 9 3,968 ft
Fish Creek - Glacier National Park 180 3,225 ft
Graves Bay 14 3,606 ft
Sprague Creek - Glacier National Park 25 3,169 ft
Murray Bay 18 3,582 ft
Lost Johnny 5 3,562 ft
Avalanche Creek - Glacier National Park 90 3,412 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Moccasin Creek to West Glacier (John Stevens Canyon) 4310.0cfs 9.0 Mi II+ to III+
Glacier RIm to Blankenship Bridge and Confluence 4950.0cfs 5.0 Mi II
Bear Creek to Essex 1880.0cfs 4.71 Mi II to III+
West Glacier to Blankenship Bridge 4310.0cfs 5.5 Mi II+ to III
Essex to Moccasin Creek 1880.0cfs 26.0 Mi II+
Big Creek to Glacier Rim 4950.0cfs 8.0 Mi III- to III