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Montana Creek at Parks Highway Bridge Stage (ft)MCFA2(plotting HGIRG) Graph Created (7:01PM May 26, 2024)ObservedLatest observed value: 26.71 ft at 12:00 PM ADT 19-May-2024.
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NOTE: Forecasts for the Montana Creek at Parks Highway Bridge are issued routinely during the warm season, and as needed at other times of the year.

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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 11
Moderate Flood Stage: 10
Flood Stage: 9
Action Stage: 8
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 11.30 ft on 10/10/1986
(2) 9.74 ft on 08/19/2006
(3) 9.63 ft on 09/20/2012
(4) 8.75 ft on 08/25/1989
(5) 8.63 ft on 08/25/1984
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 7.87 ft on 08/28/2021 (P)
(2) 5.86 ft on 07/09/2017
(3) 7.21 ft on 09/13/2016
(4) 8.36 ft on 09/29/2015
(5) 7.31 ft on 10/28/2013
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.

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11.3 Flood of record, October 1986. Both the highway and the railroad bridges were compromised due to erosion.
10.5 Approximate 4% annual chance of flood according to FEMA's modeled Flood Insurance Study
9.5 Approximate 10% annual chance of flood according to FEMA's modeled Flood Insurance Study
9 Water in low lying areas of Montana Creek Campground.
8 Base elevation of the pedestrian and flood relief culvert under the Parks Highway.
(1) Looking Downstream
(2) Looking Upstream
(3) At Kalispell Drive, upstream of gauge
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Latitude: 62.105278° N, Longitude: 150.057500° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 9 ft Interpreting hydrographs and NWS watch, warnings, and forecasts, and inundation maps
Vertical Datum Elevation
(gauge height = 0)
(gauge height = flood stage)
Elevation information source
NAVD88 Not Available Not Available Survey grade GPS equipment, FEMA flood plain maps, newer USGS topographic maps
NGVD 29 245 ft 252.3 ft Older USGS topographic maps, NGVD29 benchmarks
MSL Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, MSL benchmarks
Other Not Available Not Available  

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