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Flathead River

Listed under Environment in Mountain States, United States.

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To be wild, to be truly wild, you must visit Montana’s northwest corner, where the North Fork of the Flathead River winds it way along the western flank of Glacier National Park, through pristine valleys and soaring peaks, to join the Middle Fork of the Flathead River.

Many biologists believe the North Fork is the wildest place in America, where bears, wolverines, lynx, and mountain lions behave naturally, unencumbered and unmodified by adaptations to human encroachment. The North Fork is also home to distinct native fish species that evolved during the last ice age, including the endangered bull trout.

Both the North Fork and the Middle Fork have never been dammed and they flow through 3 million acres of protected land that form Glacier National Park, the Bob Marshall and Great Bear Wildernesses. These rivers provide access to true backcountry, where roads cannot go, offering great river rafting and fishing trips.

Written by  Ryan Hutchings.

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