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Montana whitewater, Flathead River - Middle Fork

Flathead county, Schafer Meadows to Bear Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-IV     26 miles
  The wonderful Flathead County scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Flathead River - Middle Fork attract people from near and far. The Schafer Meadows to Bear Creek section of Flathead River - Middle Fork is 26 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-IV section. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Kalispell, as you can see on the road map further down. This is one of a small number of paddling sections
    in this river system, there are a few others too. This stretch is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so why not pack your camping stuff too. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds
nearby. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The beauty of the Lewis Range is a great plus for this river. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you won't find a large number of other places. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often easier than in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind  
that rivers in this state are less demanding. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors have people coming from far and near.

Briefly about the general area:
While you're here at Flathead River - Middle Fork you can take a hike along the Big River Trail. If the weather is great here at Flathead River - Middle Fork, you can go for a hike along the Giefer Twentyfive Mile Creek Trail. A typical amount of precipitation falls here at Flathead River - Middle Fork. Of all the months in a year December is the one with the most snow; April meanwhile is the driest month.

Flathead River - Middle Fork, Schafer Meadows to Bear Creek road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Flathead River - Middle Fork.
 Whitewater Near Flathead River - Middle Fork:
Bear Creek, -blank- County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2 miles long (Trailside)
Flathead River - Middle Fork, Flathead County, 12 miles away
      Class I-IV - 26 miles long (Schafer Meadows to Bear Creek)
Flathead River - Middle Fork, -blank- County, 12 miles away
      Class II+ - 31 miles long (Bear Creek to Moccasin Creek)
Two Medicine River, Pondera County, 19 miles away
      Class II-III - 62 miles long (Forest Service Boundary to Sullivan Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Flathead River - Middle Fork:
Teton Pass, Montana , 42 miles away, 1010 foot drop, 2 lifts, 26 runs
Marshall Mountain, Montana , 67 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 3 lifts, 23 runs
Montana Snowbowl, Montana , 67 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Blacktail Mountain, Montana , 67 miles away, 1440 foot drop, 4 lifts, 24 runs
Whitefish, Montana , 68 miles away, 2353 foot drop, 11 lifts, 83 runs
Castle Mountain, Alberta , 88 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 5 lifts, 59 runs
Discovery Ski, Montana , 89 miles away, 1670 foot drop, 6 lifts, 48 runs
Great Divide, Montana , 99 miles away, 1503 foot drop, 6 lifts, 140 runs
 Hotels Near Flathead River - Middle Fork:
Izaak Walton Inn, Essex , 16 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites BROWNING, Browning , 32 miles away
Bridge Street Cottages, Bigfork , 35 miles away
Glacier Under Canvas, Coram , 36 miles away
Historic Tamarack Lodge, Hungry Horse , 46 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Flathead River - Middle Fork:
Devil Creek Campground, Flathead County, 6 miles away
Summit Campground, Glacier County, 8 miles away
Beaver Creek Campground, Flathead County, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Flathead River - Middle Fork:
Big River Trail, Flathead , 1 miles away
Giefer Twentyfive Mile Creek Trail, Flathead , 4 miles away
Mount Bradley Trail, Flathead , 4 miles away
Granite Creek Trail, Flathead , 4 miles away
Snake Creek Loop, Flathead , 4 miles away
 Public Lands Near Flathead River - Middle Fork:
Glacier National Park, West Glacier - MT , 44 miles away
Flathead National Forest, Montana , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Flathead River - Middle Fork:
East Glacier Golf Course, East Glacier Park , 16 miles away

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