Published on octobre 22nd, 2015 | by Kayak Session
Quake Lake, Madison River – Montana
In 1959 an earthquake struck this area of southwestern Montana and a massive landslide tore down the side of the mountain, burying 28 people who were camping in the area. The landslide backed up the river and created « Quake » lake. It also formed this unique 3 mile stretch of whitewater. It is shallow, sharp, consistent, and the only place near bozeman with water in October.
Each fall boaters tend to experience an identity crisis as their stoke for whitewater is replaced by dry rivers, cold weather, and pumpkin spiced bullsh*t. The informal gathering at quake lake is put together in order to keep all these things of the fall season at bay and keep those poor kayakers in their kayaks. This section of class IV (if your upright) class V (if your upsidedown) on the Madison River below quake lake is a section that is runnable year round and will keep you in shape for class V paddling in the spring.