Mission: Preserve, Protect, Enhance
We work to preserve, protect and enhance the Madison River ecosystem to benefit its wildlife and the people who enjoy it through professional expertise and advocacy for worthy public policies that ensure the well-being of this valuable resource.
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MRF 10-year Celebration Video
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The Madison River . . . the legendary 100-mile riffle . . . a world famous river . . . spectacular scenery . . . abundant wildlife . . . Montana’s premier wild trout fishery. From its headwaters in Yellowstone National Park to its confluence with the mighty Missouri, the Madison River flows through history, imagination, and memories.
Founded in 2003, the Madison River Foundation is an advocate for the Madison amid the challenges of rapid residential and population growth, commercial development, increasing recreational use and the traditional Western competition over scarce water resources. We strive to work collaboratively with all those who live, work, and recreate on this storied river and its related watershed.
Based in Ennis, Montana, the Madison River Foundation is a tax-exempt, non-profit membership organization incorporated under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We are supported by the voluntary contributions of members, friends and donors.
The Foundation has a dual focus: advocacy and conservation:
- In its advocacy role, the Foundation seeks to be “a voice for the river” in the public arena, advocating worthy public and regulatory policies based on sound science.
- In its conservation role, the Foundation funds and provides labor for a variety of conservation-oriented projects through its membership “Boots in the water” volunteer corps.
MRF members invest time, effort and resources in the Madison River Foundation for two simple reasons:
- Active participation keeps the Madison River ecosystem a healthy and productive resource.
- A local focus works best on issues and concerns specific to the Madison River watershed.
Today's Madison Flows
- Madison @ Hebgen Dam 749 cfs
- Madison @ Kirby Ranch 1180 cfs
- Madison @ Varney 1800 cfs
- Madison @ Ennis Lake 2020 cfs
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Officers & Staff
- President: Dave Bricker
- Secretary: Joe Dilschneider
- Treasurer: Jeff Montag
- Executive Director: Richard Lessner, PhD
- Assistant Treasurer: Diane Bricker
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