Flathead River Middle Fork
Whitewater Class - II to IV
The Continental Divide winds through Montana. This height of land separates the westward-flowing and eastward-flowing waters.
The major rivers west of the divide are the Kootenai and the Clark Fork of the Columbia. The chief branches of the Clark Fork are the Bitterroot, Blackfoot, Flathead, and Thompson rivers.
The Flathead River begins at the confluence of the Middle and North Forks of the Flathead River
The western Montana streams drain only about one-seventh of the land, but they carry more water than the eastern Montana rivers!
The Flathead River is a large river. Draining a sizeable portion of NW Montana, including parts of Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, the waters of the Flathead River flow swiftly through some of the most beautiful scenery Montana has to offer.
The water in the Flathead River is fed predominantly by snowmelt and mountain lakes, the water is usually quite cold even well into the summer.
The Flathead River is divided into three distinct rivers, the North Fork and the Middle Fork, and the South Fork seperated by Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake in the Western United States.
Flowing past huge mountains and through deep canyons, the Middle Fork, is Montana's premier wilderness river. The remote setting of the Middle Fork keeps the wilderness portion of this river relatively free of both fishermen and floaters.
As the river approaches West Glacier, it becomes a popular place for individual and guide service float trips, as numerous rapids exist just above West Glacier.