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
Badger Cr Bl Four Horns Canal Nr Browning Mt
USGS 06093200
102 cfs 4.3 ft
Teton River Bl South Fork Nr Choteau Mt
USGS 06102500
65 cfs 4.0 ft
Swiftcurrent Creek At Many Glacier Mt
USGS 05014500
37 cfs 1.7 ft
Sun River Bl Diversion Dam Nr Augusta Mt
USGS 06080900
173 cfs 3.9 ft
Two Medicine River Bl South Fork Nr Browning Mt
USGS 06091700
186 cfs 2.5 ft
St. Mary River Near Babb Mt
USGS 05017500
924 cfs 3.1 ft
St. Mary Canal At Intake Near Babb Mt
USGS 05018000
635 cfs 7.6 ft
South Fork Sun River Near Augusta Mt
USGS 06079000
229 cfs 1.8 ft
S F Flathead R Ab Twin C Nr Hungry Horse Mt
USGS 12359800
1,880 cfs 6.8 ft
North Fork Sun River Near Augusta Mt
USGS 06078500
265 cfs 4.1 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Kraft Creek
SNOTEL 562
20" 1"
Copper Camp
SNOTEL 414
64" 1"
Waldron
SNOTEL 847
30" 0"
N Fk Elk Creek
SNOTEL 657
33" 0"
Mount Lockhart
SNOTEL 649
50" 0"
gibson dam
SNOTEL GDMM8
0.98" -0.08"
North Fork Jocko
SNOTEL 667
88" 0"
Badger Pass
SNOTEL 307
73" 1"
Wood Creek
SNOTEL 876
26" 2"
Flattop Mtn.
SNOTEL 482
108" 1"