Sunday, January 22, 2012

State of Montana Moves To Regulate Madison River Use

Crowded Waters Near Yellowstone..That's New!
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The Madison River — the most heavily fished stream in Montana — probably will be administered differently as Fish, Wildlife and Parks begins work to develop a recreation management plan.

"It's an effort to be proactive," said Charlie Sperry, a recreation management specialist for FWP.
The Madison is formed at the junction of the Firehole and Gibbon rivers in Yellowstone National Park. From there, it fills Hebgen and Ennis reservoirs before continuing on to near Three Forks, where it joins the Jefferson and Gallatin rivers to create the Missouri.

The Madison caters to a variety of users. It has long been prized as a trout fishery, especially by fly anglers, on the upper end. Below Ennis Dam, the Beartrap Canyon section of the stream is known for its whitewater rafting. Just downstream, flotillas of inner-tubers are a common sight on hot summer days.

My Last Madison River Trip

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