Beartrap Canyon - Madison Dam To Route 84


Bear trap is a beautiful wilderness canyon with lots of a scenic miles and a few rapids. Most put in for the mostly dewatered double drop rapid. After a 1/4 mile water enters the river from a power station on river right and things get a little more padded. There are some II's, one with a nasty seive on river left. Whitehorse is the first named rapid and is the longest and most sustained of the rapids. Two holes wait at the top. The scouting trail is on the left but most will opt to read and run. When cliffs meet river level on the left scout/portage Kitchen sink on the right. Kitchen sink is a IV at typical flows and V at high flows (3000ish +). Finally green wave ends the major rapids with sneak down the right or a massive pourover boof off the green wave. Watch out for snakes. The bird watching in this canyon can be pretty good. Bald and Golden Eagles, osprey, mallards, wood ducks, pelicans etc.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Madison River are between a bare minimum of 1,200cfs and a high of 3,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 06038800, the Madison River At Kirby Ranch Nr Cameron Mt Remember only watercraft are permitted at Beartrap Canyon - Madison Dam to Route 84.

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Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Ruby River Ab Reservoir Nr Alder Mt
USGS 06019500
94 cfs 2.8 ft
Madison River Near Cameron Mt
USGS 06040000
1,020 cfs 2.3 ft
Jefferson River Near Three Forks Mt
USGS 06036650
2,170 cfs 4.3 ft
Gallatin River At Logan Mt
USGS 06052500
792 cfs 4.8 ft
Ruby River Bl Reservoir Nr Alder Mt
USGS 06020600
51 cfs 2.4 ft
Red Rock Cr Ab Lakes Nr Lakeview Mt
USGS 06006000
28 cfs 2.8 ft
Henrys Fork Nr Lake Id
USGS 13039500
13 cfs 4.5 ft
Madison River Bl Hebgen Lake Nr Grayling Mt
USGS 06038500
815 cfs 1.6 ft
Gallatin River Near Gallatin Gateway Mt
USGS 06043500
367 cfs 1.4 ft
Madison River Near West Yellowstone Mt
USGS 06037500
422 cfs 1.8 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Lower Twin
SNOTEL 603
48" 0"
Island Park
SNOTEL 546
28" -2"
Carrot Basin
SNOTEL 385
74" -3"
Boulder Mountain
SNOTEL 360
57" -2"
Crab Creek
SNOTEL 424
27" -2"
Madison Plateau
SNOTEL 609
57" -1"
Tizer Basin
SNOTEL 893
12" 0"
Lone Mountain
SNOTEL 590
51" 1"
Whiskey Creek
SNOTEL 858
43" -1"
Black Bear
SNOTEL 347
81" -2"
Beaver Creek
SNOTEL 328
41" -1"
Clover Meadow
SNOTEL 403
46" 0"
West Yellowstone
SNOTEL 924
24" -1"
Divide
SNOTEL 448
27" -2"
White Elephant
SNOTEL 860
53" -2"
Rocker Peak
SNOTEL 722
46" 0"
Frohner Meadow
SNOTEL 487
16" 0"
Pickfoot Creek
SNOTEL 690
22" -1"
Lakeview Ridge
SNOTEL 568
15" -1"
Short Creek
SNOTEL 753
16" -1"
Tepee Creek
SNOTEL 813
35" -1"