Montana Outdoors

March 8, 2018

Flathead River on March 7

Filed under: Flathead river, Spring — Tags: , — montucky @ 9:55 am

Flathead River

Quite a difference from only two weeks ago when ice chunks were piled up across the surface of the river from bank to bank, and quite different from this morning when clouds are sweeping in from the southwest bringing a rain/snow mix again.

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February 22, 2018

Cold River

Filed under: Flathead river, Winter — Tags: , — montucky @ 2:51 pm

Every winter after an extended period of sub-zero weather brought by an influx of cold air down from the Arctic, ice builds up on the Flathead River in this location which is about 150 miles south and west of Glacier National Park, a few miles from where it flows into the Clark Fork of the Columbia River. It’s always worth a visit.

Flathead River

Flathead River

Flathead River

Flathead River

Flathead River

The ice cakes form over an area of several miles upstream where the river is smooth and slower moving. When it reaches this canyon, the river narrows and becomes quite deep and fast flowing and the ice cakes that have formed above collect and pile up on the river surface in the canyon. In many parts of Montana ice dams similar to this can cause problems with flooding, but this one causes no trouble.

 

January 21, 2017

River fog

Filed under: Flathead river, Winter — Tags: , — montucky @ 11:42 am

River fog

While observing the ice jams on the lower Flathead River yesterday, I encountered foggy conditions for several miles along the river. That can be pretty too.

River fog

River fog

River fog

January 20, 2017

Visitors

Filed under: Flathead river, Tundra Swans, Winter — Tags: , — montucky @ 5:18 pm

Flathead River

Today I went out to check on the Flathead River again to see what the ice was doing and this time drove up river another 5 – 6 miles. There were several sections of open water followed by other areas where it has ice bank-to-bank and it took the photo above of one of the open areas. On the way back I noticed some visitors on the ice shelf on the other side, some Tundra Swans which are fairly common here but always a delight to see.

Tundra Swans

January 14, 2017

Ice on the Flathead

Filed under: Flathead river, Winter — Tags: — montucky @ 12:36 pm

Flathead River ~ frozen

About a week ago I posted a few pictures of a section the lower Flathead River as it began to freeze over. Yesterday I visited again after 10 days of sub-zero nights. There is an open channel through part of it, but in other places it is covered bank-to-bank with ice. The last few photos are closer looks at the ice cakes as they start to pile up. As the usual cycle of freezing and thawing proceeds, more ice will break loose from frozen areas upstream and add to the stacks of ice cakes in this location.

Flathead River ~ frozen

Flathead River ~ frozen

Flathead River ~ frozen

Flathead River ice

Flathead River ice

Flathead River ice

January 3, 2017

Cold River

Filed under: Flathead river, Winter — Tags: , — montucky @ 8:45 pm

After several sub-zero nights ice is forming on western Montana rivers. These photos are of the Flathead River about a hundred miles downstream from Glacier National Park. By the coming weekend, ice will cover this part of the river from bank to bank.

Flathead River

Flathead River

Flathead River

Flathead River

Flathead River

Flathead River

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