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Montana whitewater, Madison River

Madison county, Quake Lake to 1 1/2 mile downstream section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     1.5 miles
  The scenic beauty of Madison County and the water flowing gracefully down Madison River are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The Quake Lake to 1 1/2 mile downstream section of Madison River in Montana is 1.5 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class IV-V section. Getting your paddling muscles activated and spending some quality time in nature are great attractions for lots of people. No matter if you're whitewater
    rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Montana tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so don't forget that quite a few of the
sections in this state are pretty easy. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Bozeman, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This is a pretty short section so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. You  
might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
Henrys Lake State Park is a good site to take a look at; don't leave Madison River without first going for a hike along the Lightning Creek Trail. Madison Side is a perfect site to check out while in the neighborhood, and there are good sites to look at along the Cutoff Trail. This river has it all. Madison Slide is in the vicinity of Madison River and is without doubt a splendid place to have a look at.

Madison River, Quake Lake to 1 1/2 mile downstream 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, 1 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.5 miles long (Quake Lake to 1 1/2 mile downstream)
Madison River, Madison County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 3 miles long (Hebgen Reservoir to Quake Lake)
Henrys Fork, Fremont County, 19 miles away
      Class I-III - 9.7 miles long (Big Springs to A-2 bridge Close to Island Park Reservoir)
Henrys Fork, Fremont County, 20 miles away
      Class II - 4 miles long (Box Canyon to Last Chance)
Whitewater Outfitter - Geyser Whitewater Expeditions, Gallatin County, 24 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Gallatin River, Gallatin County, 25 miles away
      Class I-II - 20 miles long (Yellowstone National Park to West Fork Gallatin)
Gallatin River, Gallatin County, 25 miles away
      Class II-III - 11 miles long (West Fork Gallatin to Greek Creek)
Gallatin River - West Fork, Gallatin County, 25 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 0.75 miles long (Ouzel Falls to 3/4 mile downstream)
Henrys Fork, Fremont County, 27 miles away
      Class III-V - 11 miles long (Riverside Campground to above Upper Mesa Falls)
 Ski Areas Near Madison River:
Big Sky, Montana , 23 miles away, 4350 foot drop, 17 lifts, 150 runs
Moonlight Basin, Montana , 24 miles away, 4166 foot drop, 7 lifts, 97 runs
Kelly Canyon, Idaho , 59 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Grand Targhee, Wyoming , 61 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 5 lifts, 74 runs
Bridger Bowl, Montana , 61 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 8 lifts, 71 runs
Jackson Hole, Wyoming , 74 miles away, 4139 foot drop, 11 lifts, 116 runs
Snow King, Wyoming , 81 miles away, 1571 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
 Marinas Near Madison River:
Kirkwood Resort & Marina, West Yellowstone , 9 miles away
 Hotels Near Madison River:
Super 8 West Yellowstone, West Yellowstone , 15 miles away
Yellowstone Under Canvas, West Yellowstone , 17 miles away
Bar N Ranch, West Yellowstone , 17 miles away
Gray Wolf Inn Suites, West Yellowstone , 20 miles away
The Lodge At Big Sky, Big Sky , 23 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Madison River:
Rock Creek Campground, Madison County, 1 miles away
Raynold's Pass Fishing Access Site, Cameron, 3 miles away
Beaver Creek Campground 1, Madison County, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Madison River:
Cutoff Trail, Madison , 8 miles away
Lightning Creek Trail, Madison , 9 miles away
Kirkwood Trail, Gallatin , 11 miles away
Wapiti Creek Trail, Gallatin , 11 miles away
Rock Creek Pack Trail, Fremont , 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Madison River:
Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone National Park - WY , 52 miles away
Henrys Lake State Park, Idaho , 11 miles away
Harriman State Park, Idaho , 23 miles away
Targhee National Forest, Idaho , 27 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Madison River:
Island Park Village, Island Park , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Madison River
Hebgen Reservoir, Gallatin , 7 miles away
Cliff Lake, Madison , 8 miles away
Henrys Lake, Fremont , 13 miles away

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