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State Park on the Smith River

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Open: Jan 1 - Dec 31
Size: 797 acres
Elevation: 3912 ft
Nearest Town: White Sulphur Springs

IMPORTANT NOTICE:
Posted Aug 08, 2014

As of August 8, 2014, The Smith River will close for fishing from 2pm to midnight from the confluence of the North and South forks to Eden Bridge south of Great Falls.
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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. 

Directions
Directions

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
Advisory
As of August 8, 2014, The Smith River will close for fishing from 2pm to midnight from the confluence of the North and South forks to Eden Bridge south of Great Falls.
Stay Limit
Maximum stay of 14 days allowed.
Vehicle Length
Site is accessible.
Activities
Activities
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Camping
  • Picnicking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Sanitation/Water
Sanitation/Water
  • Toilet