Time to apply for a Smith River floating permit; deadline is Feb. 15

Fish, Wildlife & Parks

Canoers, kayakers, drift boaters, SUPers and rafters need to get their permit applications in to float the Smith River by Feb. 15. The permit drawing will be held on Feb. 21.

Celebrated for its spectacular scenery, remote location and excellent fishing, floating 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.

Smith River applicants must be at least 12 years of age at the time they submit their application. There is no age restriction to participate on a Smith River float trip.

Applicants can apply for a Smith River float permit online through the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Online Licensing System, and pay a $15 non-refundable permit application fee. Successful Smith River applicants will be notified via email shortly after the lottery drawing is conducted on Feb. 21.

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Links within the notification email to successful applicants will allow them to download and print their float permit,

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