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Thu Dec 27 10:39:00 MST 2012

Montana State Parks News

(Helena, MT) – Montana State Parks ( announced today that permit applications to float the Smith River State Park and River Corridor will be available beginning Wednesday, January 2 through Friday, February 15, 2013.

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.

“Montanans know that the Smith River is a premier recreation destination, and last year we saw a record number of applicants,” said Chas Van Genderen, Administrator of Montana State Parks. “We look forward to our upcoming season and to providing a fun and safe experience.”

Applications for permits are available beginning Wednesday, Jan. 2:
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• Apply Online thru the FWP Online Licensing System:
• Mail-in PDF version (available online): under ‘Permits’.
• Paper applications are available at FWP HQ and Regional Offices. For locations click: go to ‘Contact Us’ at the bottom of the page.

Applications must be submitted online or postmarked by Friday, Feb. 15. Applicants pay a $10 dollar non-refundable permit application fee.

Permit lottery results will be available online on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at and through click on “My FWP”. Successful applicants will also be notified through the mail.

Those who receive a permit will pay the appropriate float fees at Camp Baker just prior to launching.

In 2012, 1,061 permits were awarded by lottery, with 6,158 applications submitted. This was the first time the total applications exceeded 6,000.

Smith River Super Permit lottery chances also go on sale beginning Wednesday, Jan. 2. There is only one Super Permit recipient each year. The lucky winner will be eligible to launch on any date of their choosing, including the peak season.

The cost is $5 per chance to enter the Super Permit lottery and participants may purchase an unlimited number of chances. Float fees are not included with the Super Permit and are payable at Camp Baker on the date of launch.

Super Permit chances will be available for purchase beginning Jan. 2 through the FWP Online Licensing System only:

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

The deadline to enter the Super Permit lottery is Friday, March 15. The Smith River State Park Manager will personally notify the lucky winner of the March 19 drawing.

For more on the Smith River permit application process: or contact the FWP Region 4 office at (406) 454-5840.

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Jennifer Lawson
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