Improving Recreational Opportunities in the North Fork

Although it is one of the most remote regions of the park, it’s a local favorite for recreational activities

If you live in the Flathead Valley, chances are you have traveled along the Inside North Fork Road in Glacier National Park to access the Flathead River for fishing, rafting or boating. Although it is one of the most remote regions of the park, it’s a local favorite for recreational activities.

Over time and due to increased use, the roads have not been well maintained and the parking areas have become less clearly defined. Visitors to the area often travel off of the intended pathways to park and to avoid driving off the rutted and steep access roads. This condition is not only dangerous, but leads to the damage of fragile vegetation.

This project will rehabilitate the roads to these three access points, as well as provide distinct parking areas ensuring that the park’s North Fork river access will continue to be safe and available for future visitors. Support for this project will fund the purchase of over 3,000 tons of crushed rock as well as large rock boulders to define the parking areas.

There is an opportunity to provide support for the materials needed for this project through an in-kind donation, which would significantly reduce the park’s requested cost to acquire the rock and boulders. As the non-profit partner of the park, the Glacier Conservancy can help facilitate donations of materials to the appropriate park projects.

Give Back to Glacier Week is happening now through Nov. 7. Every dollar donated during this time will be matched up to $50,000 – doubling your impact on critical park programs and projects like this one. While federal support provides for day to day operations, this kind of project is only possible through partnership and community support. To learn more about how you can help, visit glacierconservancy.org.

To learn more about how you can help, visit glacierconservancy.org.

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