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Great Northern Whitewater Resort/Glacier River School
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West Glacier, MT

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Middle Fork - Bear Creek to Paola Creek Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Flathead River

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Middle Fork - Bear Creek to Paola Creek Info
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Put In:  Bear Creek
Take Out:  Paola Creek
Difficulty:  Class II
Gradient:  18 ft/mi
Run Length:  13 miles
Current Streamflow:  1010 cfs @ 12/14/2016 10:45 AM - M F Flathead River near West Glacier MT, reading taken from USGS
Flow Information (phone):  USGS 406-387-5243; flow near West Glacier.
Good Level:  1,000-8,000 cfs
Season Comments:  May, June, July, August
Permit:  None presently required. Back-country permit required to camp on National Park Land.
Character/Similar To:  Magnificent run with excellent scenery. Once peak snowmelt is over, flows drop quickly.
Hazards:  Possible log hazards, high water, hypothermia and grizzlies.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Mixed National Park and National Forest.
Wilderness:  No
Camping on River:  Limited and scattered sites in steep canyon.
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (MT), 255 miles Northwest of Helena
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put-in: US Hwy 2 follows the river from Bear Creek to West Glacier providing numerous accesses. Essex Bridge is the US Hwy 2 bridge over the river.

Take-out: Some 15 miles southeast of West Glacier, Montana on US Hwy 2.

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