$400 per person per day . Learn More. RATES: 8-Day Ultimate Fly Fishing Experience ~ $5,900.00. by DianaB » Sun Jul 17, 2016 9:04 am, Post South Fork Flathead River is a river in Hungry Horse, MT in Flathead National Forest, Bob Marshall Wilderness, Rocky Mountains. A lack of preparedness can get you lost, injured, or killed. by backcountrypackrafts » Sat Jun 11, 2016 6:38 am, Post The north-northwest trending river is about 98 miles (158 km) long, making it the second longest tributary of the Flathead River. Hey! September 14, 2017 at 9:47 am Yes, a little scary Billy, but never really in danger. Any other suggestions, recommendations or tips would be appreciated. Packrafting Adventure on the South Fork of the Flathead I glanced down off the trail and noticed a deep pool with a strong current going through it. The South Fork of the Flathead River begins deep in the heart of Bob Marshall Wilderness complex, one of the nations largest designated wilderness areas. by MS2 » Fri Jun 10, 2016 6:45 am, Post Wilderness Pack Trips . by DaveChenault » Wed Jun 15, 2016 8:23 am, Post We put on Young's at Babcock at 6000 cfs at the gauge and that was perfect for that Creek. It's only half a mile longer. Thanks to the MT Pilots Assn the NW corner of the Meadow Creek airstrip has a well-maintained campground with firepits, picnic benches, a bear box, the nicest outhouse I've ever seen, and a nice path down to the river. by JeremyMcLain » Sat Jul 02, 2016 3:05 pm, Post The South Fork of the Flathead in Montana is perhaps the most popular packraft rivers in the lower-48. September 14, 2017 at 8:07 am Sounds pretty dangerous with all the fires. Full transparency: I own a packraft rental company, Backcountry Packraft Rentals, so my business benefits greatly from the popularity of this river. I just got back from the SF Flathead. It's a beautiful stretch but at 320 cfs it was a little gravelly and slow at times. by JeremyMcLain » Tue Jul 26, 2016 5:49 pm, Post A short section below the Hungry Horse Dam makes up the final stretch before the confluence. (No logs in the gorge). Makes breathing difficult at times I guess. I scrambled down and let my “hopper-dropper” float through the rapid. It was a steep downhill slide to the pool, but if I had learned anything about backcountry fishing, it was that pools like this are worth fishing. For the drop floats we usually depart from the Owl Creek Trailhead located next to Holland Lake. Just found out Four Rivers Shuttle service, out of Missoula runs shuttles around the Bob. Montana Wolf, Bear, Moose and Goat Hunt . The trail from Pyramid Pass is about 2 miles longer but it gets us up onto Youngs Creek faster. It appears that the the pack teams all take the Hahn cabin trail instead of going down that section of the Youngs creek trail. By the time we hit the rapids before the Mid Creek Takeout the river was at about 3000 cfs and they were easy class ii+ iii- but are worth looking at to find the best line. Day 1 you travel the 15 miles to our camp on Young’s Cr. Why should I pick Bob Marshall Wilderness Outfitters for my summer adventure pack trip. Call 406-370-5845 and ask for Tommy. For Trail conditions please go to the link below and click on the Seeley Lake Ranger District link. Good call Dave, I edited my post to reflect some of those ideas. by BenGarr » Sun Jun 19, 2016 7:21 pm, Post After picking up licenses and last minute items that afternoon, we check into our lodging for the night and transfer gear to the horsepacker. BenGarr mentioned that there might be a lot of trees down on the trail from Lodgepole. A quality tent, rain gear, current map, compass, GPS, first-aid kit, and water filtration system are crucial. and spend the night. Option 3, the Confluence/Headwaters of the South Fork of the Flathead is an option during the entire float season, but after August 1, is generally the best option due to lower water conditions. by MS2 » Wed Jun 22, 2016 6:36 am, Post Included: We provide transportation from Kalispell to the Rich Ranch and back to Kalispell at the end of the trip. Reply. I have a six day solo trip planned from 7/5 thru 7/10 following your exact path. It is very scenic. The big jams on the South Fork at Gordon Creek were very easy to portage, there were three river wide jams in a quarter mile that took no more than a couple minutes each to walk around. Just did a short weekend trip on the S Fork. I'd love to do a trip in over Young's pass but have had the hardest time finding an outfit that will do a vehicle shuttle. Stayed in the FS campground (cleanest pit toilets I have ever used - thanks to campground hosts). A summer camping vacation on horseback. by Aaronsmity » Wed Jul 06, 2016 3:53 am, Post Catch Cutthroat and Bull Trout on the South Fork of the Flathead River. A Trip Down the South Fork of the Flathead From the Young's and Danaher Creek Confluence to Meadow Creek Gorge July, 2015 Click on any image for a larger view; Contact garya at this domain if you would like the high quality image for printing . Moleskin, for … The South Fork of the Flathead, ... We do not have a packer or wrangler fee and do not charge for any animals that the packers or wranglers are riding or any pack animals we need to pack in our gear for staying over night. I'll keep trying because I'm keen to float this river! The bull trout in the South Fork of the Flathead River are primarily meat eaters. Horses and mules transport us, our boats and gear 20 to 26 miles (depending upon which trail we take in and the itinerary). I’m sure it isn’t good. The first floatable stretch on Young’s and the first few miles of the South Fork of the Flathead often have log jams. RATES: General South Fork Flathead trip rates: inquire here or call us at 208-756-3959. We hiked in from Lodgepole TR. Learn More. Re: Trip Guide to South Fork of the Flathead, http://www.bmwf.org/trail_conditions.html, https://bedrockandparadox.com/2015/07/0 ... w-guide-2/. We were told that there was ton of blowdown on the White River Trail so we didn't bother walking up it. Parked at Spotted Bear RS, hiked up to Meadow Creek airstrip on the east side trail, camped out there, and floated back to the car the next day. This gin-clear river runs through the Bob Marshall Wilderness for nearly its full length, south to north. The South Fork of the Flathead – Bob Marshall Wilderness trip generally begins in Great Falls, the day before the start day. Hey Ben, thanks for the update. Extended trips into the Bob Marshall are often done on horseback supported by pack string. Sleeping pads and heavily insulated sleeping bags make life easier. There were five log portages on Young's, only two of which took longer than 3 min. The South Fork is formed from the junction of Danaher Creek and Young’s Creek and runs for 45 miles due north, fed by dozens of small tributaries, where it exits the wilderness near Spotted Bear Ranger Station. This is a 2 day ride to the South Fork. South Fork Flathead River from Mapcarta, the free map. We found some garbage on the river, please do your part to keep the river clean so it doesn't become the next Smith. I have also heard that culverts are being dug on the road up to Lodgepole that was causing delays. by dbanks » Wed Jul 13, 2016 8:05 am, Post We will need to get all your gear except what you will be taking on horseback to the packer by mid afternoon the day before the trip. Three of us will be hiking into the top on July 15th. I suggest getting both the National Geographic Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex map and the Flathead National Forest Three Forks of the Flathead Float Guide. View a map of this area and more on Natural Atlas. Once you are in the gorge it is tough to scout, so find the trail at the beginning of the gorge and walk ahead. It is located in one of the largest wilderness areas in the lower-48. Depending on the time of year, anglers could be throwing large foam flies, deer hair caddis flies, or tiny emerging mayflies. Available data for this site Click to hide station-specific text (About shift-adjusted ratings). These are all the maps you'll need. Yoter is right, about 1.5 hours from Columbia Falls to the Spotted Bear on a dusty rod (to me, the road on the east side of Hungry Horse is faster, but not by much, the road on the West side is more curvy and more scenic). There is also a phone number for more updated information. I ascended the Monture Creek watershed to Burnt Cabin, then hiked up the East Fork of Monture Creek to Limestone Pass on the first day. Post Here a pack string fords the South Fork of the Flathead River … Kalispell and the Flathead Valley offer all city amenities, as well as quiet trails, backcountry adventures, downhill and cross country skiing, and more, right on your doorstep. USGS 12359800 S F Flathead R ab Twin C nr Hungry Horse MT. 2. Thanks for the tips - I've been trying to reach the ranger but so far unsuccessful. However, the smoke is a different issue. DATES: July 18th-25th, 2020. Plan to spend a quiet day, beginning with breakfast at your leisure. South Fork Flathead fishing-specific trip: July 18th – 25th, 2020. by Aaronsmity » Mon Jul 18, 2016 1:04 pm, Post by backcountrypackrafts » Tue Jun 14, 2016 5:50 pm, Post Included: We provide transportation from Kalispell to the river and back to Kalispell at the end of the trip. The North Fork Flathead River is truly one of Montana’s wild streams. This was the beginning of a nearly 60-year career packing and outfitting in “The Bob” for outfitters as well as establishing his own outfitting business. From the ford of the White River to the confluence with the South Fork of the Flathead, the face of the Bob Marshall Wilderness changes yet again. Hike from Lodgepole Creek to the upper Young's took twice as long as it should have due to hundreds (probably thousands) of downed trees on trail. by DaveChenault » Tue Jun 14, 2016 1:42 pm, Post My buddy and I made it to Babcock Creek in a day, but it was truely brutal. Greg. You can call Mack directly at (406) 370-9244 0r Connie at (406) 240-2722 If you are looking for rates for a drop camp, where we pack you in and come back to pack your camp back out, please give us a call. Large streamers are typically in order when … 8-Day South Fork Fly-fishing Trip ~ $5900.00 *Price subject to 7% Forest Service User Fees. by JeremyMcLain » Tue Jul 26, 2016 5:52 pm, Post At those flows it is worth a scout. Hit me up with a PM and let's put something together. 65 miles from the origin to Hungry Reservoir and almost all of it flows through remote wilderness. South Fork Flathead Fly-Fishing Trip. South Fork Flathead River Fly Fishing is the best you will find anywhere – period. Matches and lighters—or any other fire-building tools—are potentially lifesaving. North Fork Flathead River – Overview & Introduction. Your suggestions are greatly welcomed. I began my exploration of Monture Creek, Danaher Creek, the South Fork of the Flathead River and the Big Salmon Creek/Lake drainages at the Monture trailhead north of Ovando, Montana approximately an hour and a half northeast of Missoula. There are 3 main reasons for this as I see it: 1. The gorge on Young's was about a mile of class ii+ boulder gardens with two or three class iii- rapids with big holes to avoid. This South Fork trail was the main route through the early forest reserve south of the Middle Fork. $4,000 - $6,000 per person per day plus trophy fee . Didn't see another human soul, but some of the deeper pools had hundreds and hundreds of fish. by danny » Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:54 am, Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Limited. Hey Infrastructure, I'm interested in doing the Young's Creek/SF Flathead this year as well. A Trip Down the South Fork of the Flathead Meadow Creek Gorge July, 2015 Click on any image for a larger view; Contact garya at this domain if you would like the high quality image for printing . If you visit the South Fork of the Flathead, go prepared for the worst. ONE WAY DIY SOUTH FORK FLATHEAD FLOAT DROPS: $1250.00 deposit required to hold your dates, $1350.00 deposit required to hold your dates, Young’s Creek at Confluence of the South Fork of the Flathead River, $1600.00 deposit required to hold your dates, Click  here for – SOUTH FORK OF THE FLATHEAD DROP FLOATS Information, Click Here for – Deposit, Cancellation and Refund Policy, Bob Marshall Wilderness Outfitters • 41088 Roberts Road • Charlo, MT 59824, Connie’s Cell (406) 240-2722 – Mack’s Cell (406) 370-9244. I fished the Spotted Bear and South Fork of the Flathead last year. There is definitely the possibility of the river becoming permitted in the near future, but if pack rafters continue to act as low impact backpackers, there is a chance that the river will continue to be open to anyone who wants to raft it. Other than the small town of Polebridge, which has no electricity, the North Fork does not pass through a town of any size for it’s entire length. The South Fork Flathead River is a major river in Northwestern Montana in the northwest United States. It is also very remote. Are you doing a trip this year, if so what are the dates? We're trying to decide if we should start at Pyramid Pass or Lodgepole Creek. Reply. Wayne and I had gotten into the rhythm of Young's Creek, and had enjoyed fishing our way down it. Fishing was simply excellent. South Fork Flathead Itinerary Day 1 – Pack Up and Ride. Day 2 – Relax. PROVISIONAL DATA SUBJECT TO REVISION. If you can draw the tag, we can help you find 'em. In addition to the world class cutthroat trout fishing, the South Fork of the Flathead is also one of the few areas in the lower 48 states where you can legally fish for bull trout. Day 2 we load up and travel the 7.2 miles to the confluence. Click here for – SOUTH FORK OF THE FLATHEAD DROP FLOATS Information This … Call: 406-644-7889 is the main number. by Infrastructure » Thu Jun 09, 2016 11:03 pm, Post The trail was clear of blowdown except for where the Hahn cabin bypass trail is. Leave from Benchmark Trailhead to Youngs Creek and Danaher River confluence for 2 nights. Learn More. Youngs creek has some incredible fishing. Just got off the river on Friday. The South Fork Acclaimed as one of Montana’s most pristine and remote rivers, the Wild and Scenic South Fork of the Flathead River originates in the south end of the flows northward to Hungry Horse Reservoir. The South Fork Flathead River is a major river in Northwestern Montana in the northwest United States. The South Fork of the Flathead River is a different beast. by backcountrypackrafts » Wed Jun 08, 2016 4:29 pm, Post … I seriously doubt the FS will get that totally cut out any time soon considering they have hundreds of miles of horrible blowdown to deal with from last years storms. After his discharge in 1958, Harry hunted on the South Fork of the Flathead River in what is now the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Especially toward the end of the trip, going into Meadow Creek Gorge. Wayne and I floated down Young's Creek and then down the South Fork of the Flathead River to Meadow Creek Gorge. by DianaB » Mon Jul 18, 2016 7:51 pm, Post I suggest taking the Hahn cabin through that section since there is a lot of blow down. Hatches on the South Fork of the Flathead River include caddis, mayflies, spruce moths, and many terrestrials including hoppers, ants, and beetles. To access the road section above the reservoir, you still have several hours of dirt road just to get there. The deep green water and the canyons make for some great pictures. I would call the Seeley Lake Ranger District and get their take. I am hoping to do this trip the second week of August and wonder if I should be planning to put in further downriver due to water levels and if so, where would the best place to put in? $400 per person per day. The South Fork of the Flathead is known in the fly fishing world as the mecca for dry-fly cutthroat trout fishing. The Flathead National Forest is over 2.4 million acres of mountains, lakes, forests, wild rivers, and wilderness. I'm curious if anyone has a report on the status of the lodgepole trail and clearing of that going into upper youngs creek. It is one of the three main forks of the Flathead River, a tributary of the Clark Fork River (the Pend Oreille River). The trip into the confluence of Gordon Creek and the South Fork is a 26 mile (9 hour) horseback ride and we do it in 1 day. Does anyone know the conditions of the trails this year? 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