Schafer Meadows To Bear Creek (Upper)


The Upper Middle Fork of the Flathead is a very challenging and remote run recommended for advanced paddlers only.  The only way you can access the putin for this float is by plane or horse.  At high water this run is very dangerous due to logjams and other obstructions.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Flathead, Middle Fork are between a bare minimum of 900cfs and a high of 19,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 12369000, the Flathead River Near Bigfork Mt Remember only watercraft are permitted at Schafer Meadows to Bear Creek (Upper).

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
Three Forks Rapids
Class III+ to IV+
Lunch Creek Rapids
Class III+ to IV+
Spruce Park Rapids
Class III+ to IV+

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Cut Bank Creek Near Browning Mt
USGS 06098500
60 cfs ft
Swiftcurrent Cr Ab Swiftcurrent Lk At Many Glacier
USGS 05014300
10 cfs 0.9 ft
Sun River Bl Diversion Dam Nr Augusta Mt
USGS 06080900
145 cfs 3.8 ft
St. Mary River Near Babb Mt
USGS 05017500
65 cfs 1.8 ft
Badger Cr Bl Four Horns Canal Nr Browning Mt
USGS 06093200
73 cfs 4.3 ft
Teton River Bl South Fork Nr Choteau Mt
USGS 06102500
47 cfs 4.0 ft
Swiftcurrent Creek At Many Glacier Mt
USGS 05014500
26 cfs 1.6 ft
Two Medicine River Bl South Fork Nr Browning Mt
USGS 06091700
22 cfs 1.4 ft
St. Mary Canal At Intake Near Babb Mt
USGS 05018000
1 cfs 1.9 ft
S F Flathead R Ab Twin C Nr Hungry Horse Mt
USGS 12359800
283 cfs 4.6 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Flattop Mtn.
SNOTEL 482
2" 1"
Badger Pass
SNOTEL 307
1" 0"