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Montana On The Fly : An Angler's Guide
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Ennis, Montana : Information and Photos

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With a population of just a tad over 1000 people, Ennis won’t soon be making the list of Montana’s largest cities. Yet for a small town, Ennis offers far more than a similar sized town due to its superb location in the heart of the beautiful Madison Valley of Montana.

While tourists visit Ennis for many reasons, as well as simply pass through town on their way to nearby Yellowstone National Park, the most popular reason for visiting Ennis is to fish in the trout-infested waters of the Madison River, which flows right around town. The downtown area reflects the popularity of fly fishing, as Ennis has many fly shops and other services that cater to the visiting angler.

There is more to do in Ennis, though, than just fish. The Gravelly Range Backcountry Drive begins just outside of town, as does the Ennis Lake Scenic Loop. The historic town of Virginia City is also less than twenty miles away, to the west of town on Highway 287.

Floating down the Madison River is also another popular activity. Large portions of the Madison River upstream from Ennis offer excellent floating in a very scenic area, with the Madison Range and the Gravelly Range dominating the view. Additionally, floating down the lower Madison River, just downstream from the end of Beartrap Canyon, is extremely popular with the locals from the nearby Gallatin Valley, especially on the weekends.

Overall, Ennis is a nice little town that is located in one of the most scenic areas of Montana. The towns location close to superb fishing and many other outdoor recreation activities, combined with a clean and busy downtown area, always make a visit to Ennis an enjoyable one.

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Where to Stay in Ennis

Somewhat surprisngly, considering the flood of fly fishermen who flood Ennis during the summer months, there are no national chain hotels in Ennis. There are, however, several smaller, privately owned hotels : The Rainbow Valley Lodge and the Silvertip Lodge Motel.

Camping is available in the National Forest lands outside of town, as well as at the Ennis Lake Fishing Access Site and along the Madison River in Beartrap Canyon.

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