Firehole River Drainage from Madison Lake to Madison Junction

West Yellowstone, Montana

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From its source in Madison Lake, hard up against the Continental Divide under Trischman Knob, the Firehole flows northward to its confluence with the Gibbon. The source of the name is not clear. Mountain men often called mountain valleys “holes,” as in Jackson Hole or Gardners Hole. The season opener on Saturday of Memorial Day weekend usually finds the Firehole at or near its annual crest. Its color at this time resembles tea brewed with pinewood tannin. The stream is very cold south of Old Faithful. The geyser basins pour millions of gallons of hot water into the stream. As a result, by the end of June the Firehole has heated up to the point where fish are lethargic.
Fishing Yellowstone National Park

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Fishing Yellowstone National Park

by Richard Parks (Falcon Guides)

From its source in Madison Lake, hard up against the Continental Divide under Trischman Knob, the Firehole flows northward to its confluence with the Gibbon. The source of the name is not clear. Mountain men often called mountain valleys “holes,” as in Jackson Hole or Gardners Hole.

The season opener on Saturday of Memorial Day weekend usually finds the Firehole at or near its annual crest. Its color at this time resembles tea brewed with pinewood tannin. The stream is very cold south of Old Faithful. The geyser basins pour millions of gallons of hot water into the stream. As a result, by the end of June the Firehole has heated up to the point where fish are lethargic.

©  Richard Parks/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Fishing
Nearby City: West Yellowstone
Trail Type: Several options
Season & Limits: Last Saturday in May to first Sunday in November
Local Contacts: Yellowstone National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Firehole River Drainage from Madison Lake to Madison Junction

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