Madison River: Bear Trap Canyon
Madison County, Montana
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04 :36 hrs
9.7 mi
250 ft

Just below the dam is the rugged and scenic Bear Trap Canyon. This section of the river offers exciting whitewater for experts. There are four sets of rapids with calm scenic waters in between and unmarked portage routes around each rapid. The first rapid known as Double Drop comes up quickly. Then the big set of waves named White Horse Rapids is about 2 miles downstream. After White Horse is the Kitchen Sink, which is the most challenging and dangerous section of whitewater, it is rated a Class IV during normal flows. It has large waves, big drops, lots of rocks and two turns. During high waters this can be a Class V and should only be attempted by experts. The last rapid is a series of huge rocks and is about 4 miles before the takeout. Other hazards in the canyon are rattlesnakes and bears. The BLM manages this section and offers a good map and photos of each rapid.

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