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Madison county, Madison Dam to Route 84 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-IV     10 miles
  The Madison Dam to Route 84 section of Madison River in Madison County is 10 miles long and has been rated as a class I-IV section by American Whitewater. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Montana are often easier than in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. The put-in is not too far from Bozeman, as you can see on the road map further down. Not too many
    hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. If you have the time you can make this a two day
trip, so pack your sleeping bag. The nature scenery of Madison County and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, around here you won't find a large number of other spots. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Madison Dam to Route 84 section is one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
While you're here at Madison River
you will meet lots of folks from nearby Norris. For the period of the months of summer at Madison River highs are ordinarily in the 70's while night lows are usually in the 40's. The cold days of the winter come with highs in the 30's; night lows in the 10's for Madison River. Around Madison River you donít get a lot of precipitation. During May this area sees the most rain while February is regularly the driest month.

Madison River, Madison Dam to Route 84 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, 5 miles away
      Class I-IV - 10 miles long (Madison Dam to Route 84)
Gallatin River - West Fork, Gallatin County, 28 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 0.75 miles long (Ouzel Falls to 3/4 mile downstream)
Gallatin River, Gallatin County, 28 miles away
      Class II-III - 11 miles long (West Fork Gallatin to Greek Creek)
Whitewater Outfitter - Geyser Whitewater Expeditions, Gallatin County, 29 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Madison River:
Moonlight Basin, Montana , 16 miles away, 4166 foot drop, 7 lifts, 97 runs
Big Sky, Montana , 19 miles away, 4350 foot drop, 17 lifts, 150 runs
Bridger Bowl, Montana , 52 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 8 lifts, 71 runs
Great Divide, Montana , 76 miles away, 1503 foot drop, 6 lifts, 140 runs
Showdown, Montana , 90 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Kelly Canyon, Idaho , 91 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Grand Targhee, Wyoming , 96 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 5 lifts, 74 runs
 Hotels Near Madison River:
Sacajawea Hotel Historic Hotels Of America, Three Forks , 18 miles away
The Lodge At Big Sky, Big Sky , 19 miles away
Travelodge Three Forks, Three Forks , 19 miles away
Lone Mountain Ranch, Big Sky , 25 miles away
Bucks T4 Lodge, Big Sky , 29 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Madison River:
Lower Madison #1, Norris, 5 miles away
Lower Madison #2, Norris, 5 miles away
Trapper Springs, Norris, 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Madison River:
Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone National Park - WY , 69 miles away
Madison Buffalo Jump State Park, Montana , 17 miles away
Missouri Headwaters State Park, Montana , 21 miles away
Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park, Montana , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Madison River:
Madison Meadows Golf Course, Ennis , 12 miles away
Headwaters Public Golf Course, Three Forks , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Madison River
Cedar Lake, Madison , 16 miles away

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