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Temporary Closure for Smith River State Park Due to Unsafe Conditions

(Helena, MT) – Montana State Parks ( has announced a temporary emergency closure for Smith River State Park due to unsafe floating conditions.

Effective immediately, the Smith River is closed to all floating between Camp Baker and Eden Bridge. Intermittent ice jams on the river have made it impassable by recreationists. Floaters are at risk of collisions with ice, becoming stranded and having to hike out of steep canyon areas, or drowning.

The park will remain closed until further notice. Montana State Parks staff will continue to monitor conditions and will reopen the river once the risk to public safety is minimized. Montana State Parks and Montana FWP would like to thank the public for their cooperation and apologize for any inconvenience.

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Pat Doyle
Marketing and Communications Manager,
Montana State Parks
(406) 444-3818

Betsy Kirkeby
Public Relations Specialist
Montana State Parks
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