Smith River State Park Opens for Float Season
By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: April 17, 2019

(Helena, MT) – Montana State Parks ( announced today that Smith River State Park will open for floating on Monday, April 15th. The park opening had been scheduled for April 1st but was delayed due to safety concerns caused by excessive ice and snow on the river.

Conditions in the park have improved and the river is free of floating hazards from ice. Snow has melted-off at Camp Baker; however, campsite availability may be limited due to soft ground conditions in some areas. While most boat camps on the river are open, some remain closed due to ice and snow.

For more information contact Colin Maas at (406) 454-5857.

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.

Visit Montana State Parks ( and enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, boating and more and discover some of the greatest natural and cultural treasures on earth.

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Pat Doyle
Marketing and Communications Manager,
Montana State Parks
(406) 444-3818

Betsy Kirkeby
Public Relations Specialist
Montana State Parks
(406) 444-3343