Middle Fork Flathead River

Hungry Horse, Montana 59919

Middle Fork Flathead River

Middle Fork Flathead River Professional Review and Guide

"A picturesque wilderness whitewater river, the Middle Fork is both extremely challenging and remote. The Middle Fork roars through the Bob Marshall Wilderness and forms the southern border of Glacier National Park.

Extremely difficult whitewater in the wilderness section, with Class IV rapids or better at peak flows. Experts only. Class II, III, and IV rapids outside the wilderness.

The Middle Fork is one of Montana’s best-protected rivers. It flows through the wilderness for half its length, and it forms the southern border of Glacier National Park for the other half. The biggest problem this river faces is potential overuse, but the Forest Service so far has done an excellent job of managing people problems."

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Trail Information

Hungry Horse
Nearby City
90 miles
Distance
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Class II-IV
Class
Big rocks, dangerous snags, and deep holes. Cold water and cold air can create hypothermic conditions even in summer.
Hazards/Cautions
Fishing, Camping, Birding
Additional Use
Montana Raft Company, West Glacier; Glacier Raft Company, West Glacier; Great Northern Whitewater, West Glacier; Flathead National Forest, Hungry Horse.
Local Contacts
USFS: Flathead, Bob Marshall Complex Topographic Map; USGS: Cutbank, MT; Kalispell, MT; Glacier National Park, MT; Flathead National Forest and Glacier Natural History Association: Three Forks of the Flathead Wild & Scenic River Float Guide.
Local Maps