Flathead River

The North Fork of the Flathead River forms the western boundary of Glacier National Park is recognized as one of the wildest river valleys in the continential United States. However, in April of 2009 the North Fork of Flathead River placed fifth on American Rivers’ list of Most Endangered Rivers in the United States.

The watershed for the North Fork of the Flathead encompasses one million acres, with roughly 400,000 acres in British Columbia, and about 600,000 acres in Montana.Of that, about 280,000 acres are in Glacier Park.  Another 290,000 acres are in the Flathead National Forest’s Glacier View Ranger District. The Coal Creek State Forest makes up an additional 19,000 acres. Private land holding west of the park and small in-holdings within the park make up less than three percent of the drainage, or about 17,000 acres. In total, more than 97 percent of the U.S. portion of the watershed is state or federal land, making the North Fork of the Flathead a true public treasure.

Flathead River

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