Bear Trap Canyon – Class III, IV, & V
Bear Trap Canyon is a wonderful section with a few big rapids, including the Kitchen Sink Rapid, which can become Class V at certain flows. There is wonderful scenery in this area, and great fishing to be had in the many pools.
Mile 0 – Above Double Drop Put-in: River Right. As the name implies, this Put-In lies right above Double Drop Rapid, which you can scout while getting ready to launch. Double Drop is considered a Class III-IV rapid.
Mile 0.04 – Double Drop Rapid: Class III-IV. Enter right to avoid 2 large holes that form. On the bottom right of this rapid there is a rock you’ll want to avoid. Easy to scout from put-in.
Mile 0.34 – Pedestrian Bridge: Just above the Powerhouse is a small pedestrian footbridge to access river left.
Mile 0.36 – Powerhouse Put-In: River Right. Put-In just below the Powerhouse if the water is too low to run Double Drop which occurs around 1,500 CFS.
Mile 0.42 – Powerhouse: River Right. The large powerhouse can add significant water to the Madison River, especially in the summer months. As much as 1,000 CFS can be added to the river during this time.
Mile 1.7 – Whitehorse Rapid: Class III+. Enter left-of-center to avoid the main boulder, then start working right. Below here is a read-and-run boulder garden. Can be scouted upstream on the left.
Mile 3.31 – Kitchen Sink Rapid: Class IV-V. Scout Right. The dangerous side of this rapid is on the left side where there are numerous sieves. Enter left-of-center. Water pushes towards Herb’s Rock, work to split between Herb’s and the Shark’s Fin. Herb’s Rock has water pillowing off of it, so if you find yourself moving towards Herb, don’t be afraid to T it up. The exit has a large rock called the Camel’s Back, you can go right or left here at most flows. Learn more about Kitchen Sink Rapid.
Mile 3.92 – Greenwave: Class III. There are multiple lines. The easiest line is on the right. There is a sieve pile in the middle you can go right of. There’s a hole on the bottom that typically is runnable, but you may have carnage.
Mile 4.64 – Bear Trap Creek Confluence: River Right. Bear Trap Creek enters the Madison River from the right-hand side.
Mile 8.72 – Warm Springs Take-Out: River Left. This is the take-out for Bear Trap Canyon, and the Put-In for the Warm Springs stretch, which is mostly a scenic float.