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Quake Lake Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Madison River

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Quake Lake Info
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Put In:  Quake Lake
Take Out:  End of the rapids meet 287
Difficulty:  Class IV + 1000 cfs , Class V 2000 cfs
Gradient:  160 fpm
Run Length:  1.7 miles
Current Streamflow:  921 cfs @ 12/14/2016 10:45 AM - Madison River bl Hebgen Lake nr Grayling MT, reading taken from USGS
Good Level:  1000-2000 cfs
Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Primary Season: 
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (MT), of
Shuttle Logistics: 

To get to the put-in from Bozeman:

1. Head south on N 10th Ave toward W Villard St
0.3 mi
2. Turn right at W Main St
1.5 mi
3. Continue onto Huffine Ln/U.S. 191
5.3 mi
4. Continue onto MT-84 W/Norris Rd
28.8 mi
5. Turn left at US-287 S
16.3 mi
6. Turn left to stay on US-287 S
43.7 m

To get to the take-out:

Continue a couple of miles west on Hwy 287 to where the rapids end. 

Quake Lake on the Madison River

Boaters put in in a forest of dead trees.  A half-mile of class IV leads to class V S-turn.  The drop can be scouted river-left above the right hand turn. From here the river stomps all the way to the bottom.  There is a river-wide hole right before the run mellows out.  Razor sharp rocks make being upside down an unpleasant experience. 

Last Edited by josho on 5/25/2011

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