Smith River SUPER PERMIT Winner Announced
(Helena, MT) – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) announced today that Stuart Goldberg, 43, from Missoula is the 2013 Smith River “Super Permit” winner. This is the third year for the “Super Permit” drawing that awards a launch permit good for any date the winner chooses.
“The Smith River is one of my favorite places on the planet,” said Goldberg. “You couldn’t have made anyone happier than me to get this call. I will choose a date where I can see the full moon and enjoy the best camping weather.”
Goldberg works in conservation real estate and is a Board Member of the Clark Fork Coalition. He has applied for a permit through the regular lottery system 13 times and only has been awarded one permit, two years ago. He lives in Missoula with his wife and two young children.
This year, 853 individuals purchased a total of 1,808 Super Permit chances for a total of $9,040. The cost of one “chance” is $5.00.
Revenue from the sale of Super Permit chances is used for the protection and enhancement of the Smith River State Park and River Corridor.
Applicants who were unsuccessful in getting a Smith River regular permit or super permit this year, can call the Smith River Reservation Line at (406) 454-5861 from 8am to noon, Monday through Friday, to request any remaining launches or cancelled permits.
Smith River State Park offers gorgeous scenery in a remote setting. Renowned trout fishing is just one of the recreational opportunities that make this float trip an unforgettable experience. Permits are required to float the 59-mile section of river between Camp Baker and Eden Bridge and are issued annually through a lottery.
This year, Montana State Parks saw the highest number of permit applications in the history of the program at 6,662 to float the Smith River. A total of 1,062 permits were awarded for the 2013 float season.
For more information on Smith River State Park visit:stateparks.mt.gov .
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