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Flathead, Middle Fork - montana
Updated 2014-09-30T23:45:00
II+ to III+
Feet / Mile
Streamflow 4310 cfs
Average 4500 cfs
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Current Weather 53° Showers Likely
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This is a great class III half day run through the John Stevens Canyon.  The best whitewater is during spring runoff although later on the rapids are still fun.  This is a very popular commercial stretch of river on the southern boundary of Glacier National Park. Weather on the river today will be showers likely, mainly before noon. cloudy, with a high near 53. south wind 3 to 7 mph. chance of precipitation is 70%.

This run is accessible from 2 public boat access points along the Flathead, Middle Fork.

Season Begins: May & Ends: September

Streamflow Conditions

The Moccasin Creek to West Glacier (John Stevens Canyon) is currently runnable with streamflow levels at 4310cfs, about -4% below the average runnable rate of 4500cfs. Streamflow levels and subsequent run conditions for Moccasin Creek To West Glacier (John Stevens Canyon) are sourced from the USGS streamflow gage located at Flathead River Near Bigfork Mt.

Our recommended river levels for paddling this section of the Flathead, Middle Fork are between a bare minimum of 900cfs and a high of 16000cfs. Paddlers can expect to come across 9 class II+ to III+ obstacles as they float down this 9 mile stretch of the Flathead, Middle Fork.

Whitewater Rapids

Obstacle Class Elevation
Tunnel Rapid Class III to III+ 3238.33 Feet
Bonecrusher Rapid Class III to III+ 3226.69 Feet
Washboard Rapid Class II to II+ 3226.46 Feet
Big Squeeze Rapid Class III to III+ 3226.0 Feet
Jaws Rapid Class III to IV 3219.07 Feet
Pin Ball Rapid Class III to IV 3188.6 Feet
Repeater Rapid Class II to II+ 3177.41 Feet
CBT Rapid Class III to III+ 3173.86 Feet
Pumphouse Rapid Class III 3182.65 Feet

Weather Overview: 53° Today, Showers Likely

Over the course of the next 5 days, weather conditions on the river are expected to range between Showers likely, mainly before noon. Cloudy, with a high near 53. South wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. to a slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. partly sunny, with a high near 74. It doesn't look like there's any substantial snow forecasted this week with air temperatures ranging between 53° - 74°

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