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
Swiftcurrent Creek At Many Glacier Mt
USGS 05014500
685 cfs 3.3 ft
Flathead River Near Bigfork Mt
USGS 12369000
4,310 cfs ft
Swan River Near Bigfork Mt
USGS 12370000
5,950 cfs 6.0 ft
Flathead River At Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12363000
42,400 cfs 13.1 ft
N F Flathead River Nr Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12355500
13,700 cfs 7.8 ft
Flathead River At Flathead British Columbia
USGS 12355000
3,170 cfs 7.5 ft
Swiftcurrent Cr Ab Swiftcurrent Lk At Many Glacier
USGS 05014300
113 cfs 1.8 ft
Middle Fork Flathead River Nr West Glacier Mt
USGS 12358500
15,200 cfs 7.1 ft
S F Flathead River Nr Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12362500
13,200 cfs 11.4 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Bowman Lake - Glacier National Park 50 4,065 ft
Moose Lake 7 5,680 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 25" 62° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Polebridge to Big Creek 4590.0cfs 20.0 Mi II to III-
Border to Polebridge 3170.0cfs 24.2 Mi II to II+
Glacier RIm to Blankenship Bridge and Confluence 4590.0cfs 5.0 Mi II
Big Creek to Glacier Rim 13200.0cfs 8.0 Mi III- to III
West Glacier to Blankenship Bridge 4310.0cfs 5.5 Mi II+ to III