Remote and scenic, this river flows out of Ennis Lake and through a steep and rocky canyon. This trip has amazing scenery, some great rapids, peaceful floating, knowledgeable and experienced guides and a deli-style lunch.
Montana Whitewater is proud to offer full day trips through Bear Trap Canyon under a special use permit from the BLM. This is a small group trip with a maximum of 2-3 boats.
As one of two outfitters on the Madison, we know you will enjoy the peace and quiet of being the some of the only boaters on the river. Eagles may circle overhead, mountain sheep and goats might watch from rocky cliffs and you could even catch sight of a bear as you float.
The trip begins with a few fun class III rapids, some mellow, scenic floating, then you hit the legendary Kitchen Sink-a technical class IV rapid. We also reserve the right to have our guests walk the Kitchen Sink depending on water levels and age. We give all our guests the option to walk around this Class IV Rapid. The other sections of this float are appropriate for all rafters. Sit by the rapids and enjoy a riverside lunch and then a mostly mellow float to the takeout.
Given the technical nature of this river we use oar boats. If you would like a paddle raft option please call us to discuss your options.
We do require at least 5 guests in order to run this trip. If you have less than 5 people in your group, call to inquire about available dates.
10 River Miles, lunch included. Duration of trip depends on water levels.
Departure Time: 8:30AM from Gallatin River Office or 9:15AM from Warm Springs River Access.
Map & Directions
Driving Directions to Warm Springs Takeout - Madison River meeting place
From Ennis - Go north 16 miles to Norris (intersection of 287 & 84) and then 5 miles east on 84 to Warm Springs (on your right)
From Bozeman - head 8 miles out of town to four corners, continue straight on 84 for 25 miles. Warm Springs is on your left.
The Beartrap Canyon of the Madison River offers some of the best fly fishing in North America. It is consistently rated as a number one wild trout fishery. The high numbers of trout, potential for trophy fish and incredible scenery make it a must for any visiting fly-fishers.
Due to limited access, this section of river does not get fished very much, and fishes well throughout the season.
If you are serious about getting into some world-class fishing for Brown and Rainbow Trout, you need to check out this trip. It is the best of the best.
Fishing operated under Outfitter Phil Sgamma OUT# 9396
$650 / boat for a two boat trip
$800 / boat for a one boat trip
(1-2 guest per boat )