August Report and other happenings in Glacier National Park

Rafts and Inflatable Kayaks go out together

Rafts and Inflatable Kayaks go out together

It’s August already! What is new this month? Well, the river we raft on which is the south western boundary of Glacier National Park has fully cleared up and is quite a bit higher than it usually is by this time of year due to our heavy snowpack last winter. The water is now the beautiful emerald green that we are used to seeing in all the lakes in the Park. It is now so clear that you are able to see the beautiful big boulders, colorful river rocks and spry trout as you float by. However, don’t think that the whitewater section is not as fun anymore, it really is! Below is some information about rafting and fly fishing on the Middle Fork of the Flathead by Glacier National Park.

                  

RAFTING REPORT

Height: 2.91 feet

                           Discharge: 2,280 cubic feet per second

  WHITEWATER TRIPS: 10.15, 11.15, 2.15 & 3.15 check-in times Put in: Moccasin Creek Take out: West Glacier Age Limit: 6 years old – No maximum age! What to wear: Swimsuit, T Shirt, shorts, sunscreen, we provide lifejacket and shuttle service. You will get completely soaked on this trip, definitely refreshing. The best rapids: ‘Bone crusher’ is really fun and a guide favorite, ‘tunnel’ rapid is very splashy and the ledges in ‘screaming right’ are starting to show. The trip is taking about 3 hrs. Want a wild ride? Inflatable kayaks are the way to go! August rafting is so much fun!

Want a Wild Ride? Try an Inflatable Kayak!

Want a Wild Ride? Try an Inflatable Kayak!

Bonecrusher Rapid
Bonecrusher Rapid

SCENIC TRIPS : 10.45 & 2.45 check-in time Put in: West Glacier Take out: Blankenship Age limit: 2 years old – No maximum age! What to wear: Swimsuit, T Shirt, shorts, sunscreen, we provide the lifejacket and shuttle. Only your feet will get wet on this trip, unless you choose to go swimming. The scenic stretch does not have any rapids. The scenery is gorgeous and you will get a clear view of the snowy peaks. McDonald creek looks pretty and feel free to jump in and swim on this trip. Relax and enjoy!

FLY FISHING REPORT

Height: 2.91 feet

Discharge: 2,280 cubic feet per second

After a big snow year the river has finally cleared up and the fish are hungry! We are catching larger fish on dry flies such as hoppers, caddis and any of the ant patterns. Types of Fish: Westslope Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout and Whitefish. We fish anywhere from Bear Creek to Coram. However, the Cascadilla to Moccasin Creek stretch is fishing really well! The ‘Scenic Stretch’ is also great and it runs from West Glacier to Blankenship.

Learn how to fly fish from an experienced guide in Glacier National Park

What to bring: – Fishing license (purchased at the gas station in Coram for $25 for a two day license) or online here. – All fishing gear will be provided for you (flies, rod, fishing-specific lifejacket, water, shuttles, drift boat or raft with fishing frame). – Bring hiking pants and a t-shirt or long sleeved shirt, hat, sunglasses, shoes with backs to them (no flip flops). – Neoprene booties available for rent for $2.50.  

Our main fishing guides are Ted, Kevin, Josh and Kurt.

Any questions? Please CALL 406 387 5340 – 1 800 735 7897 and ask to speak to a fly fishing guide!

                                    

 RENTALS

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) and Inflatable Kayak rentals available for pick up 8am to 8pm seven days a week!

Want to do your own thing? Stop by our office to rent one of the above crafts and maybe a map on which we can show you the prettiest lakes inside and outside of Glacier National Park on which to take them. Favorites are: Lake McDonald, Two Medicine Lake, Bowman Lake, Flathead Lake and the Hungry Horse Reservoir.

Do you LOVE Glacier National Park? Check out the Glacier National Park Conservancy’s website, it is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, the official non-profit fundraising partner of Glacier National Park. They support education and conservation programs in the Park. We attended their Backpacker’s Ball on August 2nd hosted in Coram where money was raised and fun was had by all. If you missed it, they still have great gifts you can purchase under the ‘Shop’ tab on their website and proceeds will be donated to a great cause. If you want to take classes and learn about all aspects of Glacier National Park such as fauna, flora and geology, please contact the Glacier Institute. The courses are so diverse that there is definitely something for you. How about some star-gazing? Join the wonderful David Ingram in Apgar Village (he sets up a pop up tent on the grassy meadow) Wednesday to Sunday from 1pm to 4pm for solar viewing with a large aperture telescope and from 10pm to midnight at the Apgar Visitor & Transit Center (look for the astronomy trailer at the far corner of the parking lot). Well, that’s it for now. Please let us know if there is anything we can help you with. There are still some vacancies for September and October in our super cute cabins and the rafting and fly fishing trips are also fun options for your vacation. Our phone number is 800 735 7897 and email info@greatnorthernresort.com.

7.08.2014
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