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Tue Mar 05 08:17:00 MST 2013

Montana State Parks News

(Helena, MT) – Montana State Parks ( announced today that the public can apply now through Friday, March 15 online to purchase a chance at winning the “Super Permit” to float the Smith River this season. Only one Super Permit is awarded, and the winner chooses the launch date.

“I felt like I was the luckiest guy in Montana when I won,” said Chris Gysler of Bozeman, the 2012 Super Permit winner. “The scenery is incredible, with no cell phones, no TV, no power lines, no roads. You can be 10 minutes ahead of your party and not see anyone for hours.”

To purchase Super Permit chances, go to , or visit the FWP online licensing system at . An unlimited number of chances may be purchased for $5 each. The winner will be notified the week of March 18.

The Super Permit lottery’s March 15 deadline also gives the public a second chance at a Smith River float if they did not get a permit in the annual drawing held Feb. 25. This year saw a record number of permit applications at 6,662, with 1,062 float permits awarded.

Revenue from the sale of “Super Permit” chances will be used for the protection and enhancement of the Smith River. 

Smith River State Park offers gorgeous scenery in a remote setting. Renowned trout fishing is just one of the recreational opportunities that make this float trip an unforgettable experience. Permits are required to float the 59-mile section of river between Camp Baker and Eden Bridge and are issued annually through a lottery.

For more information on the Smith River State Park, go to

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