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

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North Fork - Canadian Border to Polebridge Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Flathead River

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North Fork - Canadian Border to Polebridge Info
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Put In:  Canada-US border
Take Out:  Polebridge
Difficulty:  Class II + , Class III -
Gradient:  15 ft/mi
Run Length:  25 miles
Flow Information (phone):  USGS 406-449-5263; flow near Columbia Falls.
Good Level:  1,000-10,000 cfs
Season Comments:  May, June, July, August
Permit:  None presently required for boating, but a backcountry permit is required for camping in Glacier National Park.
Character/Similar To:  The North Fork follows the western boundry of Glacier National Park. The whitewater is mostly confined to a 12 mile stretch as the river constricts, the gradient increases and bedrock outcrops produce several Class II and Class III rapids.
Hazards:  Possible log hazards, cols water, high flows in late spring and grizzlies.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Left bank all National Parks, right bank mixed National Forest and private.
Wilderness:  No
Camping on River:  Good
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (MT), 250 miles Northwest of Helena
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put-in: Access is via unpaved North Fork Road, an extension of Route 486, some 58 miles north of Columbia Falls, Montana.

Take-out: To reach Blanketship Bridge, follow Route 486 north some 9 miles from Columbia Falls, then take a right onto USFS Road 116 and drive just over two miles to the bridge.

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