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Flathead, Middle Fork - montana
Updated 2014-09-30T23:45:00
III+ to IV+
Feet / Mile
Streamflow 4310 cfs
Average 10000 cfs
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Current Weather 53° Showers Likely
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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. 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 Schafer Meadows to Bear Creek (Upper) is currently runnable with streamflow levels at 4310cfs, about -57% below the average runnable rate of 10000cfs. Streamflow levels and subsequent run conditions for Schafer Meadows To Bear Creek (Upper) 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 19000cfs. Paddlers can expect to come across 3 class III+ to IV+ obstacles as they float down this 26 mile stretch of the Flathead, Middle Fork.

Whitewater Rapids

Obstacle Class Elevation
Three Forks Rapids Class III+ to IV+ 4579.91 Feet
Lunch Creek Rapids Class III+ to IV+ 4171.08 Feet
Spruce Park Rapids Class III+ to IV+ 4043.45 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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