The Madison River - a legendary 100-mile riffle, a world famous river with spectacular scenery and 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 generous contributions of members, foundations and area businesses.
The Foundation has a dual focus:
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 “Boots in the Water” volunteer corps.