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Reminder: Apply to Float the Smith River in 2014 -Applications Due by Thursday, February 20-


(Helena, MT) - Montana State Parks ( is reminding the public to apply to float the Smith River in 2014, apply by Thursday, February 20, at 5pm.

The lottery drawing permit results will be posted on Tuesday, March 4.

Permits are required to float the Smith River State Park’s 59-mile section of river between Camp Baker and Eden Bridge and are issued each year through a lottery. The Smith River is noted for its spectacular scenery, remote setting and renowned trout fishing.

Up to 15 people can float with one permit. A person applying for a Smith River permit must be a minimum of 12 years of age at the time they submit their permit application. There is no age restriction to participate on a Smith River float trip.

Applications must be submitted or post marked by Thursday, February 20. Applicants will pay a $10 dollar non-refundable permit application fee. Permit lottery results will be available online on at Successful applicants will also be notified through the mail. Those who receive a permit will pay the appropriate float fees at Camp Baker just prior to launching. 

Applications are available here…

There are 3 ways you can apply:

Super Permit chances will also be available this year, the public can purchase as many chances as they’d like. There is only one Super Permit winner awarded.  The opportunity to purchase chances for the Smith River "Super Permit" are available now thru March 20, 2014. Chances may be purchased online through the Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) Automated Licensing System and at any FWP regional office or license provider. This is a good option for another chance for a float, if you aren't awarded a permit in the regular drawing.

Montana State Parks issues one Super Permit each year through a separate lottery. The recipient of the Super Permit will be allowed to launch on any date of their choosing for that reason.

For more information about the Smith River State Park visit:

With a lot of black bear activity on the Smith River in 2013, floaters are strongly urged to be Bear Aware and practice safe food storage in 2014. (more info here: State Parks is pursuing mandatory food storage rules to be implemented in 2015, after a public comment process.



Betsy Kirkeby

Public Relations Specialist,

Montana State Parks

(406) 444-3343

(406) 461-6443c

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