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
Flathead River At Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12363000
5,330 cfs 4.5 ft
Flathead River At Flathead British Columbia
USGS 12355000
867 cfs 5.5 ft
Swiftcurrent Creek At Many Glacier Mt
USGS 05014500
129 cfs 2.1 ft
Flathead River Near Polson Mt
USGS 12372000
9,830 cfs 6.5 ft
Swiftcurrent Cr Ab Swiftcurrent Lk At Many Glacier
USGS 05014300
113 cfs 1.8 ft
S F Flathead River Nr Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12362500
1,120 cfs 4.5 ft
N F Flathead River Nr Columbia Falls Mt
USGS 12355500
2,440 cfs 3.3 ft
St. Mary River Near Babb Mt
USGS 05017500
483 cfs 2.7 ft
Swan River Near Bigfork Mt
USGS 12370000
656 cfs 2.6 ft
S F Flathead R Ab Twin C Nr Hungry Horse Mt
USGS 12359800
785 cfs 5.5 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Blacktail Mtn
SNOTEL 1144
2" -2"
Bisson Creek
SNOTEL 346
4" -3"
Sleeping Woman
SNOTEL 783
3" -44"
Noisy Basin
SNOTEL 664
30" -3"
Flattop Mtn.
SNOTEL 482
23" -3"
Emery Creek
SNOTEL 469
5" -2"
North Fork Jocko
SNOTEL 667
22" -4"
Kraft Creek
SNOTEL 562
2" -2"
Moss Peak
SNOTEL 646
29" -2"
big mountain summit: whitefish
SNOTEL BIGMS_MADIS
3.66" -3.74"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Sprague Creek - Glacier National Park 25 3,169 ft
Lost Johnny Point 30 3,576 ft
Apgar - Glacier National Park 200 3,190 ft
Fish Creek - Glacier National Park 180 3,225 ft
Doris Creek 10 3,587 ft
Lost Johnny 5 3,562 ft
Emery Bay 26 3,608 ft
Lid Creek 30 3,581 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Glacier RIm to Blankenship Bridge and Confluence 1120.0cfs 5.0 Mi II
Moccasin Creek to West Glacier (John Stevens Canyon) 4310.0cfs 9.0 Mi II+ to III+
Big Creek to Glacier Rim 1120.0cfs 8.0 Mi III- to III
West Glacier to Blankenship Bridge 4310.0cfs 5.5 Mi II+ to III
Polebridge to Big Creek 1120.0cfs 20.0 Mi II to III-