Polebridge To Big Creek


Another class I to II+ section similar to above polebridge.  This section is worth floating if you are doing a multi-day trip.  There are not a lot of rapids here but plenty of class V scenery.  Watch for wood hazards and shallow sections at lower flows.  At higher flows expect lots of swift water and very few eddy's.

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 Polebridge to Big Creek.

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
Log jam
Class II to III-

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Flathead River At Flathead British Columbia
USGS 12355000
556 cfs 5.1 ft
Swan River Near Bigfork Mt
USGS 12370000
672 cfs 2.7 ft
Swiftcurrent Creek At Many Glacier Mt
USGS 05014500
77 cfs 1.9 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
1,010 cfs 4.3 ft
Middle Fork Flathead River Nr West Glacier Mt
USGS 12358500
1,800 cfs 2.8 ft
Flathead River At Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12363000
4,800 cfs 4.3 ft
Flathead River Near Bigfork Mt
USGS 12369000
4,310 cfs ft
N F Flathead River Nr Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12355500
2,010 cfs 3.0 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Noisy Basin
SNOTEL 664
33" 1"
Blacktail Mtn
SNOTEL 1144
4" -1"
Flattop Mtn.
SNOTEL 482
26" 0"
Kraft Creek
SNOTEL 562
4" -1"
big mountain summit: whitefish
SNOTEL BIGMS_MADIS
7.4" -0.65"
Hand Creek
SNOTEL 510
5" 0"
Bisson Creek
SNOTEL 346
7" -1"
Moss Peak
SNOTEL 646
31" 0"
Many Glacier
SNOTEL 613
2" -2"
Stahl Peak
SNOTEL 787
39" 0"
Emery Creek
SNOTEL 469
7" -3"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Kintla Lake - Glacier National Park None 4,027 ft
Moose Lake 7 5,680 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
Whitefish Mountain Resort 4" 46° 0"
Castle Mountain Resort " ° "
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Polebridge to Big Creek 1010.0cfs 20.0 Mi II to III-
Big Creek to Glacier Rim 1010.0cfs 8.0 Mi III- to III
Border to Polebridge 556.0cfs 24.2 Mi II to II+
Glacier RIm to Blankenship Bridge and Confluence 1010.0cfs 5.0 Mi II
West Glacier to Blankenship Bridge 4310.0cfs 5.5 Mi II+ to III