BLM Urges Caution When Floating The Madison River
By Jackalope Jordan


Bureau of Land Management

(DILLON, Mont.) – As high water continues to surge across the region, the Bureau of Land Management’s Dillon Field Office urges floaters to use caution along the Madison River.

“The extraordinary winter snow pack has melted quickly and led to high water across the region,” said Chris McGrath, Outdoor Recreation Planner with the Dillon Field Office.

Current flows on the Madison River are nearly twice the average levels, he added. High water is likely to linger on the lower Madison into the summer season, so floaters should be prepared for higher-than-average flows when they reach for their inner tubes. These high flows present a number of dangerous situations, especially for people who are not prepared or experienced.

The BLM encourages floaters to use California Corner when launching their trips. This site is located a half-mile downstream from the Warm Springs Day Use Area and functions as the overflow parking area.

“Warm Springs generally fills up by 11:30 a.m. so if you are getting a late start, save yourself the hassle of trying to find a parking spot and just stop in at California Corner,” McGrath advises.

BLM Photo By David Abrams





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