Madison River Wyoming border to the Jefferson River

Three Forks, Montana

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Montana's most famous fishing river, the rapid-flowing Madison cuts a beautiful swath through a broad valley, passing by lush meadows and broken timber. The river is all Class I except for two sections (below quake Lake and Bear Trap Canyon) that have difficult rapids. Fish the often-neglected lower river in spring and fall when water temperatures are cool. Whirling disease has hurt fishing on the upper river, which is predominantly a rainbow fishery, but hasn't had a big impact on the lower river where brown trout are more common.
Paddling Montana

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Paddling Montana

by Hank & Carol Fischer (Falcon Guides)

Montana's most famous fishing river, the rapid-flowing Madison cuts a beautiful swath through a broad valley, passing by lush meadows and broken timber. The river is all Class I except for two sections (below quake Lake and Bear Trap Canyon) that have difficult rapids.

Fish the often-neglected lower river in spring and fall when water temperatures are cool. Whirling disease has hurt fishing on the upper river, which is predominantly a rainbow fishery, but hasn't had a big impact on the lower river where brown trout are more common.

©  Hank & Carol Fischer/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Three Forks
Distance: 133
Class: Class I
Local Contacts: BLM, Dillon, 406-2337
Local Maps: BLM #43 (Bozeman), #44 (Ennis), #45 (Hebgen Lake), Bear Trap Canyon Wilderness Visitor's Guide; USFS Gallatin (West), Beaverhead Interagency Travel Plan (East); USGS Ashton-ID, Bozeman.
Driving Directions: Directions to Madison River: Wyoming border to the Jefferson River

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