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Montana whitewater, Flathead River - South Fork

Flathead county, Big Prairie to Mid Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II+     31 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Montana and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water attract people from near and far. The starting location is a short drive from Missoula, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Whitewater paddling here in the Lewis Range is a great experience. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving, so if you're visiting here do keep
    in mind that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are not so many other good places for that around here. The nearby hotels are a bit away from
the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. A section like this is is of course not run in a single day, so better bring your camping gear along. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Big Prairie to Mid Creek section is one of them. This stretch of Flathead River - South Fork in Montana is 31 miles long and is a class II+ section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. There are campgrounds  
quite near the river where you can camp. Getting some good exercise and just being out on the river for a while have a lot of people coming here.

Briefly about the general area:
Going for a hike along the Catchem Creek Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this neighborhood. While you're here at Flathead River - South Fork you can take a hike along the Haystack Mountain Trail. At Flathead River - South Fork through the warm months highs are in the 80's. When the night sets in temperatures sink down into the 40's. The wintertime comes with highs in the 20's; through the dark hours in the wintertime at Flathead River - South Fork temperatures fall to the 0's.

Flathead River - South Fork, Big Prairie to Mid 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 - South Fork.
 Whitewater Near Flathead River - South Fork:
Whitewater Outfitter - Confluence Rafting, Missoula County, 21 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Blackfoot River, Missoula County, 22 miles away
      Class II-III - 32 miles long (Scotty Brown Bridge to Johnsrud Park)
Blackfoot River - North Fork, Powell County, 26 miles away
      Class I-III - 6 miles long (Wilderness Boundary to Blackfoot River)
Flathead River - Middle Fork, Flathead County, 28 miles away
      Class I-IV - 26 miles long (Schafer Meadows to Bear Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Flathead River - South Fork:
Teton Pass, Montana , 36 miles away, 1010 foot drop, 2 lifts, 26 runs
Marshall Mountain, Montana , 54 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 3 lifts, 23 runs
Discovery Ski, Montana , 57 miles away, 1670 foot drop, 6 lifts, 48 runs
Montana Snowbowl, Montana , 58 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Great Divide, Montana , 72 miles away, 1503 foot drop, 6 lifts, 140 runs
Blacktail Mountain, Montana , 83 miles away, 1440 foot drop, 4 lifts, 24 runs
Whitefish, Montana , 91 miles away, 2353 foot drop, 11 lifts, 83 runs
Lost Trail Powder Mountain, Montana , 97 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
 Hotels Near Flathead River - South Fork:
Drummond Motel, Drummond , 38 miles away
Izaak Walton Inn, Essex , 46 miles away
Bridge Street Cottages, Bigfork , 47 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Flathead River - South Fork:
Monture Creek Campground, Powell County, 18 miles away
Upsata Lake Fishing Access Site, Ovando, 19 miles away
 Trails Near Flathead River - South Fork:
Catchem Creek Trail, Powell , 2 miles away
Haystack Mountain Trail, Powell , 7 miles away
Jumbo Lookout Trail, Powell , 7 miles away
Camp Creek Pass Trail, Powell , 8 miles away
Foolhen Creek Trail, Powell , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Flathead River - South Fork:
Flathead National Forest, Montana , 16 miles away
Salmon Lake State Park, Montana , 23 miles away
Placid Lake State Park, Montana , 26 miles away

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