Permits to float the Smith River are in the mail.
This year, 5,704 people applied for a permit to float the central Montana river, and 915 received the permit they sought. That’s a 16 percent success rate.
Total applications this year were slightly behind last year’s record of 5,820.
Of this year’s applicants, 4,785 were Montana residents; 919 were nonresidents.
To see if you were one of the chosen few, you can sit by your mailbox or check on Fish, Wildlife and Parks web page: http://fwp.mt.gov/hunting/licensedraw/results.aspx
At the web site, go to the Special Drawing Status link and type in your ALS number.Beginning March 18, the Smith River reservation line, (406) 454-5861, will be in operation Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon, for those who are looking to pick up remaining or cancelled launch dates or to cancel a launch date.