Top Ten Canoeing and Flatwater Rafting Trips

Flathead, Montana

Difficulty: Class I to IV

Season: May through October

Trip Length: One to four days

This is a long river with many different characteristics. To begin with, the Flathead starts out as three parallel forks with their own mountain valleys. The North Fork is a superlative river for intermediate boaters: 58 miles of even-keel Class II water in an alpine environment bordering Glacier National Park. The Middle Fork is the most pristine. Raft trips generally use mule pack trains or light aircraft to reach the put-in high in the mountains. The Middle Fork touches civilization in its lower stretches. The South Fork is mellow, except when it hits Meadow Creek Gorge and becomes unrunnable for everyone but the toughest expert.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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