Public Comment Sought on Proposed 2012 Smith River Biennial Rule
(Helena, MT) – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) is seeking public comment on proposed changes to the Smith River State Park and River Corridor Biennial Rule.
The Smith River Biennial Rule sets fees, permit requirements and guidelines for private, commercial and landowner float trips on the popular Smith River.
Changes to the Smith River Biennial Rule include placing the current rules for the Smith River Super Permit Lottery, that began in 2011, into a single section of the rule. The Super Permit allows one permit holder a year to launch on any date they choose.
The proposed Smith River Biennial Rule does not include any fee changes.
The proposed Rule received tentative approval from the FWP Commission on October 11, 2012.
To review the proposed biennial rule, go to stateparks.mt.gov and click on ‘Submit Public Comments’ at the bottom of the homepage.
Comments will be accepted through Thursday, Nov. 15: comment online at stateparks.mt.gov at Submit Public Comments. Comments may be mailed to: Smith River Biennial Rule Comments, FWP Headquarters-Region 4, 4600 Giant Springs Rd., Great Falls, MT 59405.
The FWP Commission will give final consideration to the Smith River Biennial Rule at its December meeting.
The Smith River State Park and popular river float in the 2012 summer season (May to August) saw a 26% increase in visitation, with 4,125 visitors. Renowned trout fishing is one of the many recreational opportunities that make a float trip on the 59-mile Smith River unforgettable.
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