Serving Southern Jefferson County in the Great State of Montana

Application Period Starts January 2 for Smith River Permits

Floaters hoping for a Smith River permit can apply Jan. 2 through Feb. 15. However, a few changes are coming this year that applicants should be aware of.

Celebrated for its spectacular scenery, remote location and excellent trout fishing, the Smith River is one of Montana’s most sought-after outdoor recreation experiences. Permits are required to float the 59-mile section of river between Camp Baker and Eden Bridge and are issued each year through a lottery. Parties of 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 a...


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