Why the Smith River? (with Brett French)
By angelamontana

To some people the Smith River is the crown jewel of Montana streams. Why is that? Is it because access is controlled – a lottery system grants float permits – and the season is short? Or is it because the scenery is spectacular, with massive limestone cliffs rising a thousand feet or more above the river? To me, the beauty of the Smith is that it forces you and several of your friends to take time out for a few days in a row and enjoy a different rhythm, one that revolves around loading and unloading boats, setting up camp and hanging out around a campfire. To read more about why the Smith may be so popular, check out my story on MontanaUntamed.com. http://montanauntamed.com/get-outside/article_a22ba907-05ae-5cd0-8973-22f4f85cd007.html

(Written by Brett French – Outdoors Editor for the Billings Gazette/Montana Untamed)