The Madison River & Madison Mountain Range were named in honor of future President of the United States, then U.S. Secretary of State James Madison by Meriwether Lewis as the Lewis and Clark Expedition travelled through Montana in 1805.
The town of Ennis, at 4,941 feet, is located in the Madison Valley. The town is flanked by Tobacco Root Mountains to the northwest, the Gravelly Range to the southwest and the Madison Range to the east. Ennis is a town that proudly admits it has an identity crisis. Ennis is a cowboy-ranching town with a blue-ribbon fly-fishing river running through it. The town embraces both traditions enthusiastically which is reflected in the amazing collection of outdoor art.
Ennis Village RV Park was a perfect home for the month of August. I will return!
The Madison River is a headwater tributary of the Missouri River, approximately 183 miles long, in Wyoming and Montana. Its confluence with the Jefferson and Gallatin rivers near Three Forks, Montana forms the Missouri River. The Madison rises in northwestern Wyoming at the confluence of the Firehole and Gibbon rivers, a location known as Madison Junction in Yellowstone National Park.
The Madison River, from Madison Junction in Yellowstone to Three Forks, is a fly fishing mecca for serious anglers. It is classified as a blue ribbon fishery in Montana and is one of the most productive streams in Montana for brown trout, rainbow trout and mountain whitefish.
So why, you ask, am I here? After all the experienced anglers, I feel the fish need a break, maybe even a laugh. Then they will get their guard down and I will SURPRISE THEM!