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Madison Valley & Ennis Information

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A Little About The Madison River Valley

The Madison River Valley is the definition of a western Rockies high mountain valley.  Majestic mountains corralling one of the most famous fly fishing rivers in the world as it moves to its destination in the Gulf of Mexico.  This large freestone river is home to thousands of rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout. The Valley has an agricultural based economy that has a rich tradition of cattle ranching that dates back to the late 1800's. Wildlife is abundant with the valley floor filling with big game during the winter and dispersing into the lush mountain meadows for the summer. In more recent years tourism has become an important part of the valley economy centered around the trout fishing on the Madison River and travelers heading to and from Yellowstone National Park.  

In the North end of the Madison Valley lies the small community of Ennis.  While Ennis is a small sleepy town in the winter with the locals and the occasional snowmobiling tourists, it jumps to life as the fishing season starts and is in full swing during the summer months. The motels, RV parks, and campgrounds are full, restaurants packed and the town is busy showing its western hospitality to the visitors.

 If your looking for something to do or your next Montana adventure check out Back Road to Yellowstone.  A website dedicated to the adventure pursuit of Montana in the Madison Valley. They have great trip ideas in and around Ennis as well as a complete list of preferred businesses.  If your bringing the entire family to the Madison Valley this website is a must see. 


By Auto

Ennis straddles HWY 287 between the historic ghost town of Virginia City and Yellowstone National Park.  For directions please go to our Contact Us page and find Google Maps.
Rental Cars are available at all airports and the cities of Bozeman, Butte, and West Yellowstone. Go to the Contact Us page for our address and a map to our shop.

By Air

There are commercial airports in Butte (75 miles), Bozeman (55 miles), and West Yellowstone 75 (miles). We have service by Delta, Alaska/Horizon, Allegiant Air, and United Air Lines. Check online for your best connections.

For private air travel look into the Ennis Big Sky airport and Choice Aviation just outside town.  It can accommodate almost any private plane and jet and we provide pick up and drop off services right at the tarmac. 

Following are links and information to our friends that will help you learn a more about the Madison River Valley


Madison Valley Ranch: Just 3 miles outside of Ennis the Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Lodge, Madison Valley Ranch awaits your stay.

Sportsman's Lodge: The Sportsman's Lodge in Ennis offers comfortable cabins with an on site restaurant and bar.  The perfect base camp for any adventure.   The breakfast is great and they stay open for fisherman hours

Silvertip Lodge: Silvertip Lodge offers comfortable one-room cabins, some with kitchenettes, as well as a three-bedroom, two-bath house.

Fan Mountain Inn: Clean, comfortable, affordable accommodations. Plenty of parking.

El Western Motel: The El Western Motel captures the spirit of old west hospitality and style, but we rub off the rough edges with fluffy pillows and beautifully appointed log cabins

Apex Management: Apex Management offers excellent customer service for both the vacation and long term renter. They have a variety of properties to fit your price range and vacation needs and strive to match you with the property that will maximize your vacation experience.

LP Ranch: The perfect rental for groups up to 10 people.  Private, comfortable, affordable and a home away from home.  We can not recommend this property highly enough. 

Ennis RV Village For those who love the open road and RV'ing.  Check out the local Ennis RV village.  They do a great job, are near town, and have all the amenities you would come to expect.  

Chi Wulff Blog  If your in need of Montana fishing information and stories we suggest the Chi Wulff Blog.  Served fresh every day.  


Long Branch Saloon and Twenty Below Restaurant: A great place to grab a beer after a day on the water.  They serve the best wood fired grilled steak in town.

Alley Bistro The Alley Bistro next to the Ennis Fish Bowl Bowling alley provides great hearty meals at a decent price.  We love this place and you must try the Halibut Tacos after a long day on the river.  

The Gravel Bar:  The Gravel bar serves traditional American pub fare with a twist.  A great place to grab a drink after getting off the river.  Extremely popular with fishing guides.

The Sportsman Lodge: Charming and historical, Sportsmans Lodge was built in the 40's of lodge pole pines and offers the relaxed country atmosphere and hospitality that Big Sky Country is known for. The Sportsman's Lodge has a wonderful on-site restaurant serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week!  This has been completely rebuilt recently and the new owners are making huge improvements.    

McAllister Inn:   Just five miles out of town near Ennis Lake you will find some of the best food in the valley.  Steaks, seafood and local favorites with a great atmosphere makes this a must stop during a vacation.  

Ennis Pharmacy and Yesterdays Restaurant: The hands down favorite for breakfast in Ennis. Unique old time soda fountain and restaurant, right across the street from the shop.

Bear Trap Grill:   Right next door to the fly shop.  This has a great dinner menu with all home cooked fresh food.  We love their ribs so give them a try.  A perfect place to have a great meal after a day on the water.  

Madison Foods: Grocery store with full deli that makes the best fisherman's lunches in Ennis.


Madison River Foundation: It is the mission of the Madison River Foundation to preserve, protect and enhance the Madison River ecosystem for the mutual benefit of wildlife and people who use it by employing professional expertise and advocating worthy public policy to ensure the future well-being of this valuable resource.

Ennis Chamber of Commerce: In the heart of the world's best fly-fishing country and just a bit off the beaten path to Yellowstone National Park, Ennis is a great vacation destination. Our businesses offer services with a "You Bet!" attitude and a western flavor.

Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks: Buy your fishing license online.  Also available online are the full hunting and fishing regulations.


Jumping Horse Ranch  If your interested in private land big game hunting in the Madison Valley we can not recommend The Jumping Horse Ranch enough.  

Orvis: Sporting Traditions Since 1856. Fine fishing tackle and clothing.

Boulder Boat Works: Makers of the worlds finest drift boat.  We row these because they are the toughest, lightest, best looking,  most comfortable boat on the water.

Shanna Mae Photography Shanna Mae Photography is the premiere photographer in the Madison Valley.   Give her a call for all your wedding, family or event photography.  Also, check out her gallery just down the street from the shop.  

Arrow Real Estate  A great real estate company that is customer centered.  Give Don and Toni Bowen a call for all your Madison Valley Real Estate needs.  

Bill Mercer Real Estate   If your looking to relocate to the Madison Valley or just looking for that great second home give Bill a call.  

Photos on this page provided by Mindy Schroeder and Apex Property Management

All Trips If you looking for horseback riding, breweries to fishing in SW Montana All trips has the answer.  

Backroad to Yellowstone The online authority for everywhere to stay, eat and recreate in the Madison Valley and Ennis.