Flathead River, Main Stem Confluence of the Middle and North forks to the Clark Fork

Hungry Horse, Montana

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This wide river with aquamarine waters flows tranquilly past the spectacular Mission Mountains. Its almost all Class I water except for a whitewater section (Buffalo Rapids) with Class III and IV rapids immediately below where the river exits Flathead Lake. Buffalo Bridge to Sloan Bridge is an excellent overnight trip. No camping on islands within Flathead Reservation. Motors over 10 hp prohibited above South Fork confluence. Catch-and-release cutthroat regulations for the entire river. Bull trout fishing closed on entire river.
Paddling Montana

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Paddling Montana

by Hank & Carol Fischer (Falcon Guides)

This wide river with aquamarine waters flows tranquilly past the spectacular Mission Mountains. Its almost all Class I water except for a whitewater section (Buffalo Rapids) with Class III and IV rapids immediately below where the river exits Flathead Lake.

Buffalo Bridge to Sloan Bridge is an excellent overnight trip. No camping on islands within Flathead Reservation. Motors over 10 hp prohibited above South Fork confluence. Catch-and-release cutthroat regulations for the entire river. Bull trout fishing closed on entire river.

©  Hank & Carol Fischer/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Hungry Horse
Distance: 158
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Class: I-IV
Local Contacts: Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, Kalispell, 406-752-5501. Flow information: 800-247-9131
Local Maps: BLM #10 (Kalispell), #11 (Poison), #12 (Plains); USFS Flathead, Lolo; USGS Kalispell, Wallace-ID.
Driving Directions: Directions to Flathead River, Main Stem: Confluence of the Middle and North forks to the Clark Fork

Recent Trail Reviews

5/9/2006
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We put in at Buffalo Bridge in the early afternoon on May 9. The water was running about 22.5K cfs the last time we checked before put in, so we opted for the three of us on a raft for this trip. The weather was great when we put in and the river was cooperating enough that we made about 7 miles on the first afternoon and camped upstream from Sloan bridge for the night. We has a bald eagle across the river watching our every move from high in a tree, it was very cool to see that on our first morning. The next morning, our fourth party member silently paddled his kayak into camp. He had been delayed and missed us at put in, but did arrive just at sundown the night before, camped overnight there and got an early start on Wednesday morning and met up with us at the perfect time. Our second day on the river was another outstanding day, clear skies, mild temperatures and the river moving along well enough to allow us to just enjoy the view, relax and do as much fishing as we cared to on our way down the river. Camp on our second night was another beautiful evening and campsi



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