Float The Madison RiverPosted by Janie Greenwood on
Enjoy a relaxing half-day of floating on the beautiful Madison River, about half an hour west of Bozeman. The Madison starts in Wyoming around Yellowstone and winds into Montana where it meets with the Jefferson and Gallatin rivers to form the Missouri River. The wide lazy river floats between canyon walls and grassy embankments. As you are fishing for rainbow or brown trout or surfing on your paddle board, look out for eagles or hawks soaring high above the rocky cliffs. Stop for a picnic along the way, or float right to one of the coveted campsites and fishing accesses at Greycliff.
Time from Bozeman: 40 minutes
Skill Level: Beginner
Shuttle/Parking: Self-Shuttle, Shuttle Services Available. Parking at put in and take out locations.
Restrooms: Available at the parking area.
Parking and Shuttle:
Floating the Madison River will either require two cars for a shuttle, or a paid shuttle. Madison River Tubing Shuttle is only $10 from Bozeman. For both options, you will put in at Warm Springs boat launch, 40 minutes west of Bozeman, and take out: Blacks Ford boat launch, 6.5 miles downriver. If you plan on driving, make sure you have a designated driver. Don’t risk it!
Yes! But it may be an issue if your dog is not privy to sitting in the boat or standing on your paddle board. They could run along the bank for several hours, but note that the river comes close to the highway at some points.