North Fork Flathead River Canadian border to the Middle Fork

Cabin Creek, Montana

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Born of glacial torrents, the North Fork of the Flathead flows wild and pure out of Canada and then rushes southward 58 miles through Montana, forming the western boundary of Glacier National Park. This beautiful, limpid-green river joins the Middle Fork of the Flathead just below Blankenship Bridge, near West Glacier, to form the main trunk of the Flathead. The entire length of the North Fork is a designated segment of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. The entire drainage is an elegant blend of towering mountains, verdant forests, and sparkling waters.The glacial green waters of the North Fork flow through heavily forested terrain along the west border of Glacier National Park, occasionally providing spectacular glimpses of snow-capped peaks. The river is Class I with occasional Class II for most of its length. A short section of whitewater between Big Creek and Glacier Rim.
Paddling Montana

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Paddling Montana

by Hank & Carol Fischer (Falcon Guides)

Born of glacial torrents, the North Fork of the Flathead flows wild and pure out of Canada and then rushes southward 58 miles through Montana, forming the western boundary of Glacier National Park. This beautiful, limpid-green river joins the Middle Fork of the Flathead just below Blankenship Bridge, near West Glacier, to form the main trunk of the Flathead. The entire length of the North Fork is a designated segment of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

The entire drainage is an elegant blend of towering mountains, verdant forests, and sparkling waters.The glacial green waters of the North Fork flow through heavily forested terrain along the west border of Glacier National Park, occasionally providing spectacular glimpses of snow-capped peaks. The river is Class I with occasional Class II for most of its length. A short section of whitewater between Big Creek and Glacier Rim.

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Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Cabin Creek
Distance: 58
Class: Class I-II
Local Contacts: Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, Kalispell, 406-752-5501
Local Maps: BLM #9 (Whitefish Range), #10 (Kalispell); USFS Flathead; Flathead National Forest and Glacier Natural History Association: 3 Forks of the Flathead River; USGS Kalispell, Glacier National Park; Montana Afloat: #5 (The Flathead River: North Fork).
Driving Directions: Directions to North Fork Flathead River: Canadian border to the Middle Fork

Recent Trail Reviews

9/13/2002
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Awsome. The North Fork was so cool with the area of Glacier National Park that doesn''t get traveled on it''s one side. We didn''t see any people the whole trip except for in Polebridge and the entrances to the Park. Much wildlife and fish. Kinda hard to get to though.



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