Make Memories on the Madison River

Just below Hebgen Lake, the Madison feeds Quake Lake, a natural lake formed by an earth slide during a major earthquake in 1959.

Then the Madison hurries down the valley towards Ennis at a steady 7 mph. This section of the Madison River is known as a 58 mile-long riffle.

The river has boulder strewn pocket water, deep channels, and shelves of bug -rich gravel. The fish on the Madison are strong and numerous. The Madison is one of Montana's premier wild trout rivers. Due to its national reputation, good access, high scenic value, and excellent wild trout populations, the river has been classified as a "Blue Ribbon" trout stream. The Madison River is certainly one of the most famous rivers in the Western United States. It is also famous for its Salmonfly hatch which typically occurs the last week of June through the middle of July. In July there is a hatch of Little Yellow Sallies and caddis galore. The hopper fishing in August and into October draws vicious takes by large brown trout. Different nymph patterns work throughout the season.

All in all, fishing the Madison is an outstanding experience with the opportunity for large trout in a valley framed by beautiful scenery.

Not only does the bountiful and breathtaking Madison River offer a wide selection of wild trout, its natural landscape draws and inspires visitors from all over the country to its banks. Whether you’re looking to spend your time fly-fishing this beautiful river, or wish to go horse-back riding with friends, Five Rivers Lodge offers a perfect blend of adventure and serenity back.