Montana Outdoors

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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June 10, 2015

Flora and fauna along the Flathead River.

Flathead River scene

January 23, 2015

Cliff ice along the Flathead River

Montana Highway 200 follows the Flathead River for the last 20 miles of the river before it flows into the Clark Fork River and in that 20 miles there is a stretch of about a half mile where a cliff used to run right up to the river. When I was a kid the old highway in that area had been constructed over a steep and winding path that went up, over and around the cliff. Later, the cliff was blasted out to allow the road to be rebuilt flat and straight, right along the bank of the river. The new cliff face now has numerous seeps from it which freeze in winter, making some attractive ice formations. The vertical lines visible in the ice in these photos are the old drill holes that were filled with explosive charges to blast the rock away. Ice has decorated the holes and in many places, water flows down through the holes and behind the ice.

Cliff ice along the Flathead River

Cliff ice along the Flathead River

Cliff ice along the Flathead River

Cliff ice along the Flathead River

Cliff ice along the Flathead River

Cliff ice along the Flathead River

Cliff ice along the Flathead River

Cliff ice along the Flathead River

Cliff ice along the Flathead River

Cliff ice along the Flathead River

January 18, 2015

River ice

Filed under: Flathead river, Winter — Tags: , , — montucky @ 9:24 pm

This time of the year ice builds up along many of the western Montana rivers. So far this year it is less than in many years. Following are a few photos of ice along the Flathead River a few miles from where it enters the Clark Fork of the Columbia, about 110 miles south-southwest of Glacier National Park. In more severe years, the ice in this place covers the entire river and piles up on itself.

Ice on the lower Flathead River

Ice on the lower Flathead River

Ice on the lower Flathead River

Ice on the lower Flathead River

Ice on the lower Flathead River

December 15, 2013

Flathead frost garden

Filed under: Flathead river — Tags: , — montucky @ 9:23 pm

Flathead frost garden

Scene of the Flathead River on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Photo taken on 12/18/2009.

April 4, 2011

Reflections

Filed under: Flathead river — Tags: — montucky @ 11:21 pm

Reflections

Reflections

Reflections

Photos taken of the lower Flathead River on the Flathead Indian Reservtion

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