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Smith River

Smith River

State Park on the Smith River

Site Facts

  • Open:Jan 1 - Dec 31
  • Size: 797 acres
  • Elevation: 3912 ft

The Smith River is a unique 59-mile river corridor. Permits are required to float the stretch of Smith River between Camp Baker and Eden Bridge.

Noted for its spectacular scenery and renowned trout fishery, the Smith River is unique in that it has only one public put-in and one public take-out for the entire 59-mile segment of river. Boat camps located along the remote river canyon help preserve the unique quality of this area. Visit the Smith River web page for more information. The Smith River between Camp Baker (launch site) and Eden Bridge (take-out site) is the only river corridor managed by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks as a permitted river. Permits for private floats on the Smith River are allocated to the public via a lottery system prior to the spring season. Permit applications are typically available the first week of January each year, with the application deadline of mid-February.

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Smith River State Park is located on the Smith River 82 miles from the mouth on the left hand side as you face downstream.  Fort Logan is the next access site upstream from Smith River. 



16 miles northwest of White Sulphur Springs on secondary 360, then 9 miles north on county road.
(Lat 46.803 , Lng -111.182 )

Contact Information

Contact Information

If you have questions or comments please send mail to:

  • Smith River
  • FWP Region 4 Office - 4600 Giant Springs Rd.
  • Great Falls, MT  59405
  • or call (406) 454-5840
Restrictions & Closures

Restrictions & Closures

Stay Limit

Maximum stay of 14 days allowed.

Vehicle Length

Site is accessible.