About the “boulder.” Story by Lauren Russell, Bozeman Chronicle Staff Writer

Update Sept. 4. Road closed due to damaged dam to open for Labor Day weekend. Bozeman Chronicle.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is past President of the Western Watersheds Project and the creator of The Wildlife News.

5 Responses to School bus-sized boulder hits Madison Dam. Ennis Lake to be drained

  1. Jeff says:

    It would be nice to see a picture

  2. SAP says:

    Probably not going to “drain” Ennis Lake, but PPL is projecting a drop of about 9 feet.

    After the Hebgen hysteria here two years ago (Hebgen dam malfunctioned Labor Day weekend 2008), I expect rumors that the town of Ennis will be sucked into a whirlpool and carried off to the Gulf of Mexico.

  3. Tom Page says:

    The lake is so shallow that a 9′ drop will make some serious mudflats.

    I love the Beartrap Canyon below the dam…the only place I’ve ever seen mountain goats come down to the river to drink.

    I’ve always hoped this dam will go away some day.

  4. I have updated this story.


August 2010


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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