West Glacier To Blankenship Bridge


This last 5 mile stretch completes the middle fork section of the Flathead.  There's still some good fishing here and one last rapid before the confluence with the north fork.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Flathead, Middle Fork are between a bare minimum of 1,000cfs and a high of 10,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 12369000, the Flathead River Near Bigfork Mt Remember only watercraft are permitted at West Glacier to Blankenship Bridge.

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
Devil's Elbow
Class III- to III

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
N F Flathead River Nr Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12355500
1,460 cfs 2.4 ft
St. Mary River Near Babb Mt
USGS 05017500
219 cfs 2.1 ft
S F Flathead River Nr Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12362500
2,980 cfs 6.2 ft
S F Flathead R Ab Twin C Nr Hungry Horse Mt
USGS 12359800
785 cfs 5.5 ft
Flathead River Near Bigfork Mt
USGS 12369000
4,310 cfs ft
Swan River Near Bigfork Mt
USGS 12370000
471 cfs 2.4 ft
Swiftcurrent Creek At Many Glacier Mt
USGS 05014500
23 cfs 1.5 ft
Middle Fork Flathead River Nr West Glacier Mt
USGS 12358500
843 cfs 2.1 ft
Swiftcurrent Cr Ab Swiftcurrent Lk At Many Glacier
USGS 05014300
113 cfs 1.8 ft
Flathead River Near Polson Mt
USGS 12372000
12,100 cfs 7.3 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
big mountain summit: whitefish
SNOTEL BIGMS_MADIS
72" -1"
Noisy Basin
SNOTEL 664
68" -1"
Many Glacier
SNOTEL 613
28" -1"
Sleeping Woman
SNOTEL 783
30" -3"
Blacktail Mtn
SNOTEL 1144
23" -1"
Emery Creek
SNOTEL 469
31" 0"
Flattop Mtn.
SNOTEL 482
80" -1"
Moss Peak
SNOTEL 646
71" -1"
North Fork Jocko
SNOTEL 667
67" -2"
Kraft Creek
SNOTEL 562
22" 1"
Bisson Creek
SNOTEL 346
19" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Lost Johnny Point 30 3,576 ft
Lost Johnny 5 3,562 ft
Emery Bay 26 3,608 ft
Lid Creek 30 3,581 ft
Sprague Creek - Glacier National Park 25 3,169 ft
Fish Creek - Glacier National Park 180 3,225 ft
Apgar - Glacier National Park 200 3,190 ft
Doris Creek 10 3,587 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
River Run Streamflow Length Class
West Glacier to Blankenship Bridge 4310.0cfs 5.5 Mi II+ to III
Glacier RIm to Blankenship Bridge and Confluence 2980.0cfs 5.0 Mi II
Polebridge to Big Creek 2980.0cfs 20.0 Mi II to III-
Big Creek to Glacier Rim 2980.0cfs 8.0 Mi III- to III
Moccasin Creek to West Glacier (John Stevens Canyon) 4310.0cfs 9.0 Mi II+ to III+