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Montana whitewater, Madison River

Madison county, Hebgen Reservoir to Quake Lake section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     3 miles
  The put-in location is a short drive from Bozeman, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. The beautiful scenery of Madison County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream have people coming here. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving, so keep in mind that many runs in this state are very easy. This stretch
    of Madison River is 3 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II-III section of whitewater. This is a short paddling stretch so it's not like you're gonna spend hours on the river in one stretch. If you're
a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. Getting a good workout and a chance  
to spend some time outdoors have people coming from far and near.

Briefly about the general area:
Places like Henrys Lake State Park are tremendous to stop at; nearby you hit upon the Kirkwood Trail which is a great hiking trail. Going for a hike on the Cutoff Trail is always a nice adventure. Madison River is pretty dried up ordinarily. The month of June is the wettest with most of the rain; the driest of the months is January. Through the summertime months here at Madison River, high temperatures generally get into the 80's. For the duration of the dark hours of summer temperatures sink down into the 40's.

Madison River, Hebgen Reservoir to Quake Lake road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Madison River.
 Whitewater Near Madison River:
Madison River, Madison County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 3 miles long (Hebgen Reservoir to Quake Lake)
Madison River, Madison County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.5 miles long (Quake Lake to 1 1/2 mile downstream)
Henrys Fork, Fremont County, 18 miles away
      Class I-III - 9.7 miles long (Big Springs to A-2 bridge Close to Island Park Reservoir)
Gallatin River, Gallatin County, 19 miles away
      Class I-II - 20 miles long (Yellowstone National Park to West Fork Gallatin)
Whitewater Outfitter - Geyser Whitewater Expeditions, Gallatin County, 20 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Gallatin River, Gallatin County, 21 miles away
      Class II-III - 11 miles long (West Fork Gallatin to Greek Creek)
Gallatin River - West Fork, Gallatin County, 21 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 0.75 miles long (Ouzel Falls to 3/4 mile downstream)
Henrys Fork, Fremont County, 22 miles away
      Class II - 4 miles long (Box Canyon to Last Chance)
Gallatin River, Gallatin County, 29 miles away
      Class II-IV - 13 miles long (Greek Creek to Spanish Creek)
Henrys Fork, Fremont County, 29 miles away
      Class III-V - 11 miles long (Riverside Campground to above Upper Mesa Falls)
 Ski Areas Near Madison River:
Big Sky, Montana , 21 miles away, 4350 foot drop, 17 lifts, 150 runs
Moonlight Basin, Montana , 23 miles away, 4166 foot drop, 7 lifts, 97 runs
Bridger Bowl, Montana , 57 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 8 lifts, 71 runs
Grand Targhee, Wyoming , 59 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 5 lifts, 74 runs
Kelly Canyon, Idaho , 62 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Jackson Hole, Wyoming , 72 miles away, 4139 foot drop, 11 lifts, 116 runs
Snow King, Wyoming , 80 miles away, 1571 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
 Marinas Near Madison River:
Kirkwood Resort & Marina, West Yellowstone , 4 miles away
Hebgen Lake Lodge and Marina, West Yellowstone , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Madison River:
Super 8 West Yellowstone, West Yellowstone , 11 miles away
Yellowstone Under Canvas, West Yellowstone , 13 miles away
Bar N Ranch, West Yellowstone , 13 miles away
Gray Wolf Inn Suites, West Yellowstone , 17 miles away
Yellowstone West Gate Hotel, West Yellowstone , 20 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Madison River:
Beaver Creek Campground 2, Gallatin County, 1 miles away
Beaver Creek Campground 1, Madison County, 1 miles away
Cabin Creek Campground, Gallatin County, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Madison River:
Kirkwood Trail, Gallatin , 5 miles away
Cutoff Trail, Madison , 5 miles away
Lightning Creek Trail, Madison , 7 miles away
Wapiti Creek Trail, Gallatin , 7 miles away
Wapiti Ridge Trail, Gallatin , 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Madison River:
Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone National Park - WY , 47 miles away
Henrys Lake State Park, Idaho , 12 miles away
Harriman State Park, Idaho , 26 miles away
Targhee National Forest, Idaho , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Madison River:
Island Park Village, Island Park , 20 miles away
 Lakes Near Madison River
Hebgen Reservoir, Gallatin , 1 miles away
Henrys Lake, Fremont , 13 miles away
Cliff Lake, Madison , 14 miles away

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