Float permits applications for Smith River State Park are now available through Thursday, Feb. 14, for the 2019 season.
According to a press release from Montana State Parks, the permit drawing will be held on Monday, March 4.
The release notes that Smith State Park is “Celebrated for its spectacular scenery, remote location and excellent trout fishing,” and 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.
Anyone 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 postmarked — by Thursday, Feb. 14.
Applicants pay a $10 non-refundable permit application fee. Those who receive a permit will pay the appropriate float fees at Camp Baker prior to launching.
Permit lottery results will be available online at stateparks.mt.gov. Successful applicants will also be notified through the mail.
For more information about Smith River State Park visit: http://stateparks.mt.gov/smith-river/
There are three ways to apply:
•Online through the Fish, Wildlife & Parks Automated Licensing System.
•Download and print the application and instructions. Mail completed application to the address on the form.
•Pick up an application from any FWP office. To find a location near you visit: http://fwp.mt.gov/doingBusiness/contactUs/hqRegions.html
Montana State Parks also issues only one Super Permit each year through a separate lottery. The public may purchase as many $5 Super Permit chances as they choose.
The recipient of the Super Permit will be allowed to launch on any date of their choosing for that float season. The opportunity to purchase chances for the Smith River “Super Permit” will be available through Friday, March 15. The Super Permit drawing will be announced on Monday, March 18.
Super Permit chances may be purchased online through the Fish, Wildlife & Parks Automated Licensing System and at any FWP regional office or license provider. This is an option for another chance for a float, if an applicant is not awarded a permit in the regular drawing.