Too Low to be paddled
and you could find yourself bottoming out on rocks.
Paddlers are advised to exercise caution
with streamflow discharge 22%
the seasonal average of 986 cfs.
Weather on the river today will be partly sunny, with a high near 44. south southeast wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.
Temps are expected to range between
over the next 5 days
Classified as a
river surfing location
along the Madison River,
is best paddle when discharge levels are
between 1200.0 cfs to 3000.0 cfs
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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