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 Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12363000
9,940 cfs 5.9 ft
Middle Fork Flathead River Nr West Glacier Mt
USGS 12358500
2,710 cfs 3.3 ft
Swiftcurrent Cr Ab Swiftcurrent Lk At Many Glacier
USGS 05014300
439 cfs 2.9 ft
Flathead River At Flathead British Columbia
USGS 12355000
353 cfs 4.7 ft
N F Flathead River Nr Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12355500
1,980 cfs 3.0 ft
S F Flathead River Nr Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12362500
4,970 cfs 7.5 ft
Flathead River Near Bigfork Mt
USGS 12369000
4,310 cfs ft
Swiftcurrent Creek At Many Glacier Mt
USGS 05014500
47 cfs 1.7 ft
Swan River Near Bigfork Mt
USGS 12370000
1,270 cfs 3.3 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Bisson Creek
SNOTEL 346
16" -4"
Flattop Mtn.
SNOTEL 482
109" 0"
big mountain summit: whitefish
SNOTEL BIGMS_MADIS
91" 1"
Moss Peak
SNOTEL 646
84" 0"
Stahl Peak
SNOTEL 787
76" 2"
Hand Creek
SNOTEL 510
23" 0"
Blacktail Mtn
SNOTEL 1144
22" 0"
Grave Creek
SNOTEL 500
26" 2"
Noisy Basin
SNOTEL 664
95" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Moose Lake 7 5,680 ft
Bowman Lake - Glacier National Park 50 4,065 ft
Quartz Creek - Glacier National Park None 3,516 ft
Kintla Lake - Glacier National Park None 4,027 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Castle Mountain Resort " ° "
Whitefish Mountain Resort 22" 38° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
West Glacier to Blankenship Bridge 4310.0cfs 5.5 Mi II+ to III
Big Creek to Glacier Rim 4970.0cfs 8.0 Mi III- to III
Glacier RIm to Blankenship Bridge and Confluence 4970.0cfs 5.0 Mi II
Polebridge to Big Creek 4970.0cfs 20.0 Mi II to III-
Border to Polebridge 353.0cfs 24.2 Mi II to II+