3-4 Day North Fork Flathead River
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
If it’s possible the day prior to your trip, we ask that you please stop by Glacier Outdoor Center to meet your guide and get dry bags for your personal belongings. We are located under the giant log arch on the south side of US Highway 2, 1/2 mile west of West Glacier.
Make plans to join us for an exhilarating whitewater journey down the Middle 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|
|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
|Waiver||Download Waiver Here|
|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