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Smith River State Park


Smith River State Park

Floater Information for Permit Holders

Congratulations on your success in drawing a Smith River Permit for the 2020 season.

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Know Before You Go!

Please follow these special procedures created in compliance with the Governor's COVID-19 directives. More information at Governor’s Coronavirus Task Force.

Registration Process
Registration will occur via phone, two days in advance of permit holders’ launch date. River Rangers will call permit holders, in a randomly-selected order, between 1:00 and 3:30 pm (Mountain Time). For example, if your launch date is May 10, the Rangers will call you on May 08 between 1:00 and 3:30 pm (Mountain Time). Permit holders must be prepared to provide the following information, prior to the phone call:

  1. Number of nights on the river and boat camp preference
  2. Names, ages and state of residence of all members of float group
  3. Number and type of watercraft
  4. Be prepared to pay full balance of permit fees via one credit card

No Overnight Camping at Camp Baker
Overnight camping will not be allowed at Camp Baker to comply with strict social distancing.

Ranger Station Will be Closed to the Public
The Ranger Station at Camp Baker will be closed to the public to comply with strict social distancing.

Out-of-State Travelers Required to Quarantine for 14-days
The Directive for travelers coming from out-of-state has been extended through the end of the emergency (unless modified by a subsequent Directive). If you are quarantining (e.g. have come from or traveled out-of-state) you cannot leave for groceries, public outdoor recreation (including hunting/fishing), to go to work or any other activity. You must remain at your place of quarantine for the duration of the quarantine period (14 days). Exceptions will only be made in the event of a medical emergency, fire, natural disaster or other act of God preventing the ongoing healthful habitation of a residence.

Thank you for your cooperation. Have a safe and enjoyable trip on the Smith River!

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