FWP News: Smith River permit drawing results available
By angelamontana

Posted: February 23, 2024

Super Permit chances still on sale through March 22

GREAT FALLS – Did you draw a Smith River Permit? Check the permit lottery results now on FWP’s website.

Successful applicants will be also notified via email. Links within the email will allow permit holders to download and print their float permit, as well as access important and detailed information regarding their upcoming Smith River float.

Permits are required to float the iconic 59-mile stretch of the Smith River, which is celebrated for its spectacular scenery, remote location and excellent trout fishing.

The number of applications received this year was down slightly, with 12,452 applicants (14,518 in 2023). A total of 978 float permits were awarded for launch dates between April 1 and Aug. 15. Montana residents drew 867 float permits, while nonresidents drew 111. In years with average winter snowpack and spring-summer precipitation, the Smith River is typically floatable from mid-April to mid-July.

For applicants who were unsuccessful in the regular permit drawing, Smith River Super Permit chances are available through March 22 for $5 each. One Super Permit winner will be allowed to launch on any date of their choosing. Chances may be purchased online at FWP’s website. The Super Permit drawing will be held on March 26.

Floaters may also call the Smith River reservation and information line at 406-454-5861 beginning Monday, March 4, to request any remaining launch dates or cancelled permits. The call line will be open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Floaters should be aware of the following items this year:

  • Pit toilets will no longer be provided in 2024, and floaters are required to pack out human waste.
  • Floater registration will occur via phone, two days in advance of each scheduled launch date. In addition, the river rangers will assign a one-hour time interval for each float group to approach the boat ramp to launch.
  • Camp Baker is a day-use only site, with no overnight camping allowed, except for the period of Sept. 1 through Nov. 30.

For more information about Smith River State Park visit:  fwp.mt.gov/stateparks/smith-river.


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