3-4 Day North Fork Flathead River

north fork flathead river, 3-4 day rafting trip

If you only have a few days but still want to experience an extended river adventure, we offer 3 and 4-day trips on the North Fork of the Flathead River.

Originating 50 miles across the border in British Columbia, Canada, the North Fork brings with it the rugged remoteness of the Canadian Rockies. The remoteness is what brings people to this part of Montana and it’s the scenic beauty that keeps bringing them back. The North Fork of the Flathead forms the western border of spectacular Glacier National Park. Upstream from Big Creek, the North Fork is classified as “Scenic” under the 1976 Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The scenery along the North Fork is absolutely awesome. Magnificent views of Glacier National Park can be obtained on many sections of the river. Although the river flows through mountainous country, the North Fork itself is relatively tame offering only a couple of Class I or Class II rapids, depending on river flows.

The North Fork of the Flathead River is truly one of Montana’s wild streams. Other than the small community of Polebridge (which has no electricity), the North Fork passes through no towns for its entire length. The river itself is moderately wide and moves quickly. The water, which primarily comes from snow melt, is cold and very clear. The river also has numerous deep, clear pools throughout its length, tucked away among its many twists and turns, making wonderful fishing holes for the intrepid angler who can get to them.

Photos you keep, fish you release

Although this is a rafting trip, there will be opportunity to fish. The North Fork has a bountiful supply of native Westslope cutthroat trout, along with rainbow trout, lake trout, and whitefish. All fishing is catch and release. Most of the fishing is done at camp in the evening or morning. However, if fishing is your primary interest, we suggest you book a Glacier Raft Company fishing trip.

What to expect

We begin our trips at Glacier Outdoor Center. Here, we help you pack your gear into waterproof bags and prepare for the trip. We then travel up river for some thrilling river-running, fishing, camping and outdoor fun. At the end of each day, camp will be set up along the river’s edge. You’ll get to help with a little camp set-up, then try some fishing streamside if you wish. Or you can just change clothes and relax as your guides prepare dinner. If the fresh air and rippling water don’t cause you to drift off to sleep, you can join others around the campfire under a canopy of stars. The next two or three days include more fishing, rafting, and riverside meals until late afternoon when we reach West Glacier.

We need a minimum of four people for these whitewater trips. If your group is less than four, we’ll be happy to link you with others with whom to share your river adventure. Depending on group size, we’ll use either paddle rafts or oar boats.

Where to start

We ask that you please check in at Glacier Outdoor Center by 8:00 pm the evening prior to your departure. Call us at (800) 235-6781 or stop by to meet us. We are located under the giant log arch on the south side of US Highway 2, 1/2 mile west of West Glacier. If you plan to be en route several days before you get here, please call us before you leave in case there are any last minute changes or information we need to give you. Check-in time the day of your trip is 8:30 am.

Trip prices do not include 7% USFS fee or guide gratuities.

Make plans to join us for a journey down the North Fork of the Flathead River. Rest assured, it will be one of the greatest times you and your family ever have!

Departs 8:00pm – night before Check-In
Trip Length 3-4 Days
Departure Dates 7 days a week June through September (minimum 4 people)
River Rating Class I-II
River Miles 28-38
Age Limit 8-10 in early June, 6-7 by mid-August (dependent on weather and water conditions)
Rates 3 Day Adult : $549
3 Day Youth (12 & under):$419
4 Day Adult: $655
4 Day Youth (12 & under):$519
*Prices do not include 7% service fee
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License Montana fishing license is required and available at Glacier Outdoor Center:
$25.00 for 2-day license (includes required Montana Conservation License and State Lands License).
$15 for additional 2-day license.
$70 for season license

CALL 800-235-6781 TO BOOK