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
Madison River Near West Yellowstone Mt
USGS 06037500
349 cfs 1.7 ft
Madison River Bl Ennis Lake Nr Mcallister Mt
USGS 06041000
1,150 cfs 1.8 ft
East Gallatin R Bl Bridger C Nr Bozeman Mt
USGS 06048700
74 cfs ft
Willow Creek Near Harrison Mt
USGS 06035000
20 cfs 1.3 ft
Madison River At Kirby Ranch Nr Cameron Mt
USGS 06038800
753 cfs 1.6 ft
Missouri River At Toston Mt
USGS 06054500
3,310 cfs 4.1 ft
Hyalite C At Hyalite R S Nr Bozeman Mt
USGS 06050000
51 cfs 2.2 ft
Gallatin River Near Gallatin Gateway Mt
USGS 06043500
246 cfs 1.1 ft
Madison River Near Cameron Mt
USGS 06040000
810 cfs 2.1 ft
Ruby River Ab Reservoir Nr Alder Mt
USGS 06019500
355 cfs 2.7 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Carrot Basin
SNOTEL 385
62" -4"
helena ap asos
SNOTEL HLN
3.98" 1.98"
Albro Lake
SNOTEL 916
42" 0"
Tepee Creek
SNOTEL 813
32" 0"
Short Creek
SNOTEL 753
11" 0"
Lone Mountain
SNOTEL 590
34" 0"
Boulder Mountain
SNOTEL 360
37" 1"
Rocker Peak
SNOTEL 722
35" -1"
ennis
SNOTEL ENSM8
0.95" 0.71"
Lower Twin
SNOTEL 603
35" 2"
Whiskey Creek
SNOTEL 858
33" 0"
bozeman gallatin field airport
SNOTEL BZN
8.18" 0.08"
Pickfoot Creek
SNOTEL 690
6" 0"
Tizer Basin
SNOTEL 893
21" -1"
Clover Meadow
SNOTEL 403
32" 1"
White Elephant
SNOTEL 860
51" -1"
Beaver Creek
SNOTEL 328
38" 0"
West Yellowstone
SNOTEL 924
21" -1"
Lakeview Ridge
SNOTEL 568
12" -1"
Frohner Meadow
SNOTEL 487
24" 2"
Island Park
SNOTEL 546
31" -1"
bozeman montana state univ
SNOTEL BZEM8
10.58" 0.31"
Crab Creek
SNOTEL 424
29" 0"
Divide
SNOTEL 448
23" -1"
Black Bear
SNOTEL 347
70" 0"