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Ice Causes Temporary Closure of Smith River State Park

Waterbody Restrictions, Closures & Reopenings

Thursday, March 26, 2020

(Helena, MT) – Montana State Parks ( has announced a temporary emergency closure for Smith River State Park due to excessive ice on the river.

Effective immediately, the Smith River is closed to all floating between Camp Baker and Eden Bridge. Below average temperatures and heavy snow fall this winter have left the river covered in ice making it impassable for recreationists. Boat camps remain covered in ice and snow, making conditions hazardous. 

The park will remain closed until further notice. Montana State Parks staff will continue to monitor conditions and will reopen the river once the risk to public safety is reduced. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks would like to thank the public for their cooperation and apologize for any inconvenience.

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