Preserve, Protect, Enhance
We work to preserve, protect and enhance the Madison River ecosystem to benefit its wildlife and the people who enjoy it. We apply professional expertise and advocacy on behalf of worthy public policies to ensure the well-being of this valuable resource.
Founded in 2003 as “a local voice for the river,” the Madison River Foundation is an advocate for the Madison ecosystem 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 stakeholders who live, work and recreate on this storied river and its related ecosystem – anglers, guides & outfitters, farmers & ranchers, local business owners, like-minded conservation groups. wildlife organizations, state & federal government agencies. Our goal is to protect the natural beauty, quality and resources of the Madison ecosystem.
The Madison River Foundation is strategically positioned to be the primary support mechanism for projects and initiatives that directly benefits the Madison River watershed. The Foundation funds and through its membership provides “boots in the water” volunteer labor for a variety of conservations-oriented projects.
Willow & Birch Planting
  • $25RAISED
  • $975NEEDED
  • $1000GOAL

On May 15, Madison River Foundation volunteers will partner with the BLM in planting willows and river birch along the Madison.  We will plant cut willows, willows with roots, and river birch to test the best way to increase vegetation along the Madison’s mainstem.  We will also enclose some plantings with fencing and leave others without fencing.  We will compare our test plots and use this information to guide our plantings in 2018.  Our hope is to cool our waters and increase shade for our fish and other wildlife. We are asking for your help with this project as we raise funds for materials to make this a successful conservation effort.

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Upcoming Events
24 Jun '17
Catch the Hatch Celebration and Fundraiser
  • Jumping Horse Barn, Ennis, MT.
  • June 24, 2017
  • Saturday @ 6:00 pm
30 Jun '17
MRF Annual Meeting
  • Madison Valley Public Library, Ennis, MT.
  • June 30, 2017
  • Friday @ 10:00 am
14 Jul '17
Lynx Presentation by Jay Koble, MT Fish, Wildlife, & Parks
  • Lion’s Club Park, Ennis, MT.
  • July 14, 2017
  • Friday @ 5:00 pm
26 Jul '17
Varney Road Clean Up
  • 8 Mile Fishing Access, Ennis, MT.
  • July 26, 2017
  • Wednesday @ 9:00 am
01 Sep '17
15th Annual Fly Fishing Festival 9/1-9/2
  • Peter T’s Park, Ennis, MT.
  • September 1, 2017
  • Friday @ 5:00 am