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Montana whitewater, Flathead River - Middle Fork

Bear Creek to Moccasin Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II+     31 miles
  The natural beauty of -blank- County and the cool fresh water have people coming here. This section of Flathead River - Middle Fork in Montana is 31 miles long and has been rated as a class II+ section by American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. There arenít any hotels right nearby but
    if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature are great attractions
for lots of people. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling rivers. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the Bear Creek to Moccasin Creek stretch is just one of many. The wild scenery of the Lewis Range is great. The starting point is not too far from Kalispell, there's a road map further down the page with more  
info on that. A stretch this long is of course too much for a one day trip, so make sure you pack enough food along with your camping gear.

Briefly about the general area:
The Grant Ridge Trail is a pleasant hiking trail near Flathead River - Middle Fork; close by you hit upon the Boundary Trail which is a delightful hiking trail. And if that's not sufficient there's plenty more enjoyable things to do in the Lewis Range. Flathead River - Middle Fork gets a typical amount of rain. The month of December is the wettest with most of the snow; the driest of the months is April.

Flathead River - Middle Fork, Bear Creek to Moccasin 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, 11 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2 miles long (Trailside)
Flathead River - Middle Fork, -blank- County, 11 miles away
      Class II+ - 31 miles long (Bear Creek to Moccasin Creek)
Flathead River - Middle Fork, -blank- County, 11 miles away
      Class III - 9 miles long (Moccasin Creek to West Glacier)
Flathead River - Middle Fork, -blank- County, 20 miles away
      Class II - 6 miles long (West Glacier to Blankenship Bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - Great Northern Whitewater, Flathead County, 21 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Wild River Adventures, Flathead County, 21 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Swan River, Lake County, 24 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1.25 miles long (Bigfork Dam to Flathead River)
Flathead River - North Fork, -blank- County, 30 miles away
      Class II(III) - 12 miles long (Big Creek to Glacier Rim)
 Ski Areas Near Flathead River - Middle Fork:
Whitefish, Montana , 45 miles away, 2353 foot drop, 11 lifts, 83 runs
Blacktail Mountain, Montana , 48 miles away, 1440 foot drop, 4 lifts, 24 runs
Montana Snowbowl, Montana , 65 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Teton Pass, Montana , 65 miles away, 1010 foot drop, 2 lifts, 26 runs
Castle Mountain, Alberta , 66 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 5 lifts, 59 runs
Marshall Mountain, Montana , 67 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 3 lifts, 23 runs
 Hotels Near Flathead River - Middle Fork:
Izaak Walton Inn, Essex , 8 miles away
Glacier Under Canvas, Coram , 12 miles away
Historic Tamarack Lodge, Hungry Horse , 23 miles away
Bridge Street Cottages, Bigfork , 26 miles away
Glacier Mountain Lodge, Columbia Falls , 33 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Flathead River - Middle Fork:
Glacier Haven RV and Campground, West Glacier, 3 miles away
Half-Way Motel Campground, Flathead County, 7 miles away
Canyon Creek Campground, Flathead County, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Flathead River - Middle Fork:
Grant Ridge Trail, Flathead , 2 miles away
Boundary Trail, Flathead , 2 miles away
Threetops Trail, Flathead , 4 miles away
Coal Creek Fire Trail, Flathead , 5 miles away
Murray Canyon Trail, Flathead , 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Flathead River - Middle Fork:
Glacier National Park, West Glacier - MT , 21 miles away
Wayfarers State Park, Montana , 29 miles away
Yellow Bay State Park, Montana , 31 miles away
Flathead Lake State Park, Montana , 38 miles away
 Lakes Near Flathead River - Middle Fork
Stanton Lake, Flathead , 2 miles away

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