Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on proposed changes in landowner floating opportunities on the Smith River. The FWP Commission approved the tentative biennial rule during its October 12 meeting in Helena. The Commission will adopt a final rule during its December 13 and 14 meeting.
The changes proposed in the rule would provide expanded floating opportunities for landowners along the Smith River between Camp Baker and Eden Bridge. The tentative rule provides that each landowner owning one half mile or more of river frontage would be issued two boat tags each season which would allow an unlimited number of landowner floating opportunities on the river adjacent to or within their contiguous property boundaries for the landowners, their family and guests.
No changes are proposed for the number of outfitter and private launches available on the Smith River each floating season.
Comments on the tentative Smith River Rule should be sent by mail to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Attn: Smith River Rule, 1420 East Sixth Ave., PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701 or by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments must be received by December 5. The tentative Smith River Rule is on the FWP website under Public Notices or a copy may be requested by calling 406-444-3750.