The fly fishing capital of the world. Ennis is
the center for activities on the Madison River,
which is renowned for its first-rate trout
fishing, The town is also the home of the Ennis
National Fish Hatchery.
Ennis is surrounded by three beautiful mountain
ranges: the Madison Range, the Gravelly Range,
and the Tobacco Root Mountains. In addition to
its majestic mountain view, Ennis also offers
access to some of the finest river locations in
the state by way of the picturesque Madison
River. Also, just west of Ennis lie the famed
western towns of Virginia City and Nevada City.
Ennis is a good-time western town and is full
of cowboys, anglers and outdoor recreationists.
The Western flavor is for real and
there’s plenty of action along the
boardwalk on weekends. Visitors will find
nearly 3 million acres of publicly accessible
national forest lands surrounding Ennis as well
as access to one of Montana’s best-known
trout streams, the Madison River.
The Ennis National Fish Hatchery propagates six
strains of rainbow trout that produce 23
million eggs a year for stocking throughout the
The Madison Canyon Earthquake Lake Visitor
Center is just south of Ennis on U.S. Highway
287. On August 17, 1959, an earthquake slid
half a mountain into a canyon, creating a giant
dam and Quake Lake, an eerie reminder of