Madison River Foundation

The Madison River: the legendary 100-mile riffle . . . a world famous river . . . spectacular scenery . . . abundant wildlife . . . Montana’s premier wild trout fishery.  Flowing north from its headwaters in Yellowstone National Park to its confluence with the Jefferson and Gallatin rivers to form the mighty Missouri, the Madison River flows through history, imagination, and memories.


Founded in 2003, the Madison River Foundation is celebrating 10 years of  advocating for the Madison.  The challenges to the river include residential and population growth, commercial development, increasing recreational use and the traditional Western competition over scarce water resources.   The Foundation seeks to work collaboratively with those who live, work, and recreate on this famous river and its important watershed.


Based in Ennis, Montana, the Madison River Foundation is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization. We are supported solely by the generous contributions of members, foundations and area businesses.


The Foundation is “a voice for the river” in the public arena, advocating worthy public and regulatory policies based on sound science.  A recent cooperative venture with PPL Montana and the Foundation has provided a ground-breaking study of the white fish and its role in river health.  The group also provides funds and volunteer labor for a variety of conservation-oriented projects to protect and enhance the river and fish habitat.  A quarterly newsletter is published with important information about our work and issues affecting the Madison River.

Every year the Foundation holds a Guardians of the Madison River Gala Banquet to celebrate the work of the Foundation and accomplishments of its members.  This year the dinner is Friday, June 20th and is being held on Bear Creek Meadow at El Western Cabins & Lodges.  Contact the Foundation at 406 682-3148 to make a reservation for the important event.

A second sponsored event is the Ennis-on-the-Madison Fly Fishing Festival held on Friday and Saturday of Labor Day weekend.  This year the event is August 31 and September 1.  Vendors, speakers, auctions, music, food – the festival celebrates the wonderful sport of fly-fishing.

To become a Madison River Foundation member, or for more information on our activities and events, please visit

Madison River Foundation
222 Main Street Suite 1H
Ennis, MT 59729

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