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
Middle Fork Flathead River Nr West Glacier Mt
USGS 12358500
1,050 cfs 2.3 ft
N F Flathead River Nr Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12355500
1,090 cfs 2.3 ft
Swan River Near Bigfork Mt
USGS 12370000
623 cfs 2.6 ft
Flathead River At Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12363000
4,600 cfs 4.0 ft
Flathead River At Flathead British Columbia
USGS 12355000
269 cfs 4.5 ft
Flathead River Near Bigfork Mt
USGS 12369000
4,310 cfs ft
Swiftcurrent Creek At Many Glacier Mt
USGS 05014500
85 cfs 1.9 ft
Swiftcurrent Cr Ab Swiftcurrent Lk At Many Glacier
USGS 05014300
29 cfs 1.2 ft
S F Flathead River Nr Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12362500
1,980 cfs 5.4 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Noisy Basin
SNOTEL 664
1" 0"
Hand Creek
SNOTEL 510
3" 3"
Flattop Mtn.
SNOTEL 482
2" 0"
big mountain summit: whitefish
SNOTEL BIGMS_MADIS
6" -6"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Kintla Lake - Glacier National Park None 4,027 ft
Bowman Lake - Glacier National Park 50 4,065 ft
Moose Lake 7 5,680 ft
Quartz Creek - Glacier National Park None 3,516 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Castle Mountain Resort " ° "
Whitefish Mountain Resort 0" 84° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Big Creek to Glacier Rim 1980.0cfs 8.0 Mi III- to III
Glacier RIm to Blankenship Bridge and Confluence 1980.0cfs 5.0 Mi II
West Glacier to Blankenship Bridge 4310.0cfs 5.5 Mi II+ to III
Border to Polebridge 269.0cfs 24.2 Mi II to II+
Polebridge to Big Creek 1980.0cfs 20.0 Mi II to III-