Madison - 3) Beartrap Canyon: Madison Dam to Route 84


Madison, Montana, US

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3) Beartrap Canyon: Madison Dam to Route 84

Usual Difficulty I-IV (for normal flows)
Length 10 Miles

Adam Elliott in Kitchen Sink at 1900cfs.


Adam Elliott in Kitchen Sink at 1900cfs.
Photo by Kevin Colburn taken 07/20/17

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Madison River bl Ennis Lake nr McAllister MT
usgs-06041000 1.00 - 6.00 ft I-IV 00h55m 5.28 ft (running)
Flow range for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report.


River Description

Beartrap Canyon is a highly scenic whitewater run through the Lee Metcalf Wilderness with a reasonable road shuttle. The run features some great technical Class II and III rapids leading up to Kitchen Sink, a standout powerful class IV rapid that may be class V at high flows located approximately halfway down the 10 mile run. Below Kitchen sink more fun rapids await before the gradient eases and the takeout is reached.  

The run begins immediately downstream of the dam that forms Ennis Lake. During times of high inflows the section between the dam and the powerhouse contain some great Class III technical rapids, including a double drop rapid in a relatively narrow pinch that might be class IV at high flows. When flows drop the dam is capable of rendering this section too low to paddle. Below the powerhouse flows are more likely to be found, but the dam does pulse flows so be aware that flows may change dramatically.  


 


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2017-07-20 15:35:11

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Beartrap Canyon

Detail Trip Report  Beartrap Canyon  Madison, MT(14.58KB .jpeg)

Big Boof at the bottom of Kitchen Sink

Detail Trip Report  Big Boof at the bottom of Kitchen Sink  @Madison 3) Beartrap Canyon: Madison Dam to Route 84, MT(2.91MB .jpeg)

Windy Day in Bear Trap Canyon

Detail Trip Report  Windy Day in Bear Trap Canyon  Madison, MT(7.68KB .jpeg)

Kitchen Sink

Detail Trip Report  Kitchen Sink  Madison, MT(8.08KB .jpeg)

Beartrap Canyon of the Madison (MT)

Detail Trip Report  Beartrap Canyon of the Madison (MT)  Madison, MT(0.00B .mov)

Bear Trap Canyon put-in

Detail Trip Report  Bear Trap Canyon put-in  Madison (Bear Trap Canyon), MT(78.51KB .jpeg)

Awesome views on Bear Trap Canyon

Detail Trip Report  Awesome views on Bear Trap Canyon  Madison (Bear Trap Canyon), MT(78.77KB .jpeg)

Navigating down Kitchen Sink

Detail Trip Report  Navigating down Kitchen Sink  Madison (Bear Trap Canyon), MT(70.34KB .jpeg)

Double Drop

Detail Trip Report  Double Drop  Madison, MT(40.87KB .jpeg)

Double Drop - 1st drop

Detail Trip Report  Double Drop - 1st drop  Madison, MT(130.96KB .jpeg)

Kitchen Sink at 2400 cfs

Detail Trip Report  Kitchen Sink at 2400 cfs  Madison, MT(1.21MB .jpeg)

Green Wave

Detail Trip Report  Green Wave  Madison, MT(728.86KB .jpeg)

Susan finishing Double Drop in the bypassed reach.

Detail Trip Report  Susan finishing Double Drop in the bypassed reach.  @Madison 3) Beartrap Canyon: Madison Dam to Route 84, (7.38MB .jpeg)

Looking downstream at Kitchen Sink at 1900cfs.

Detail Trip Report  Looking downstream at Kitchen Sink at 1900cfs.   @Madison 3) Beartrap Canyon: Madison Dam to Route 84, (6.30MB .jpeg)

Looking upstream from the bottom of Kitchen Sink at 1900

Detail Trip Report  Looking upstream from the bottom of Kitchen Sink at 1900  @Madison 3) Beartrap Canyon: Madison Dam to Route 84, (6.02MB .jpeg)

Pelicans on Beartrap Canyon

Detail Trip Report  Pelicans on Beartrap Canyon  @Madison 3) Beartrap Canyon: Madison Dam to Route 84, (6.09MB .jpeg)

Adam Elliott in Kitchen Sink at 1900cfs.

Detail Trip Report  Adam Elliott in Kitchen Sink at 1900cfs.   @Madison 3) Beartrap Canyon: Madison Dam to Route 84, (6.13MB .jpeg)

Adam Elliott near the put in

Detail Trip Report  Adam Elliott near the put in  @Madison 3) Beartrap Canyon: Madison Dam to Route 84, (6.57MB .jpeg)

The dam and diversion pipe from the upper put in.

Detail Trip Report  The dam and diversion pipe from the upper put in.   @Madison 3) Beartrap Canyon: Madison Dam to Route 84, (6.86MB .jpeg)

Big canyon views in Beartrap.

Detail Trip Report  Big canyon views in Beartrap.   @Madison 3) Beartrap Canyon: Madison Dam to Route 84, (6.36MB .jpeg)


Gauge Information

We have no additional information about how various flows affect runnability (or playability) of this section of river. If you can provide additional information, please either directly contact the StreamTeam member for this reach, or add a 'comment' or a 'report' with your information to help out your fellow boaters.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Madison River bl Ennis Lake nr McAllister MT
usgs-06041000 1.00 - 6.00 ft I-IV 00h55m 5.28 ft (running)
Flow range for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report.

RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
1.00 -6.00 ft barely runnable-high runnable I-IV Flow range for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report.

Report - Reports of Madison 3) Beartrap Canyon: Madison Dam to Route 84 and related gauges

Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.

Reports

When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
Madison [MT] Kitchen Sink at 2400 cfs 2400 Jeff Bryce
Madison [MT] Windy Day in Bear Trap Canyon 1200? David Schroeder
Madison [MT] Beartrap Canyon n/a Matt Muir
288d06h03m /Madison-3) Beartrap Canyon: Madison Dam to Route 84 [MT] Big Boof at the bottom of Kitchen Sink n/a Andrew Daigh
288d06h56m /Madison-3) Beartrap Canyon: Madison Dam to Route 84 [MT] Big Boof in the bottom of Kitchen Sink 0 cfs Andrew Daigh
337d07h11m /Madison-3) Beartrap Canyon: Madison Dam to Route 84 Adam Elliott near the put in 0 cfs Kevin Colburn
337d07h11m /Madison-3) Beartrap Canyon: Madison Dam to Route 84 The dam and diversion pipe from the upper put in. 0 cfs Kevin Colburn
337d07h11m /Madison-3) Beartrap Canyon: Madison Dam to Route 84 Big canyon views in Beartrap. 0 cfs Kevin Colburn
337d07h16m /Madison-3) Beartrap Canyon: Madison Dam to Route 84 Susan finishing Double Drop in the bypassed reach. 0 cfs Kevin Colburn
337d07h16m /Madison-3) Beartrap Canyon: Madison Dam to Route 84 Looking downstream at Kitchen Sink at 1900cfs. 0 cfs Kevin Colburn
337d07h16m /Madison-3) Beartrap Canyon: Madison Dam to Route 84 Looking upstream from the bottom of Kitchen Sink at 1900 0 cfs Kevin Colburn
337d07h16m /Madison-3) Beartrap Canyon: Madison Dam to Route 84 Pelicans on Beartrap Canyon 0 cfs Kevin Colburn
337d07h16m /Madison-3) Beartrap Canyon: Madison Dam to Route 84 Adam Elliott in Kitchen Sink at 1900cfs. 0 cfs Kevin Colburn
> 10 years Madison [MT] Green Wave 1200 jennifer jones
> 10 years Madison [MT] Beartrap Canyon of the Madison (MT) n/a Mark Mastalski
> 10 years Madison (Bear Trap Canyon) [MT] Navigating down Kitchen Sink n/a Mark Mastalski
> 10 years Madison [MT] Double Drop - 1st drop n/a Steve Rodgers

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