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2013 Smith River State Park Float Permit Applications Due Soon

(Helena, MT) – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) is reminding the public the deadline to submit permit applications to float the Smith River State Park is Friday, Feb. 15.

“The Smith River is an amazing state park and one of Montana’s premier recreation destinations,” said Chas Van Genderen, Administrator for Montana State Parks. “Last year we saw a record number of applications.”

Permits to float the 59-mile section of river between Camp Baker and Eden Bridge are issued annually through a lottery.

Smith River State Park offers gorgeous scenery in a remote setting. Trout fishing is one of many attractions that make the 59-mile Smith River float an unforgettable experience. The river is accessible only by non-motorized watercraft.

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

For more on the Smith River and to apply for the drawing, go to: stateparks.mt.gov and click on “Smith River.”

Paper applications are available at FWP headquarters and regional offices. To locate an office, click: http://stateparks.mt.gov/about-us, then “Contact Us” at the bottom of the page.

Permit lottery results will be available online Tuesday, Feb. 26 at stateparks.mt.gov. Successful applicants will also be notified through the mail.

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

In 2012, 1,061 permits were awarded by lottery, with 6,158 applications submitted—the first time the number of applications exceeded 6,000.

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