Monday, February 25, 2013
State Parks News
(Helena, MT) – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) announced today that the 2013 Smith River State Park permit lottery results for the upcoming float season are now available online.
Successful applicants will also be notified by mail.
This year saw the highest number of permit applicants in history with 6,662 applications, surpassing last year’s 6,156 applications. 1,062 permits were awarded for the 2013 float season.
“This new record shows that Montanans and out-of-state visitors know that floating the Smith River is an experience of a lifetime,” said Chas Van Genderen, Administrator for Montana State Parks.
75% of successful applicants were Montana residents, 25% were non-residents.
The most sought after launch date applied for was 6/20/13.
If you didn’t receive a permit, you still have a chance to float the Smith River by calling the Smith River Reservation Line at (406) 454-5861 beginning March 18 (between 8am and Noon, Monday through Friday) to request any remaining launch dates or cancelled permits. You can also book a trip with one of the eight approved Smith River outfitters listed on the website at: http://stateparks.mt.gov/smith-river/
Also, Smith River Super Permits are now available through Friday, March 15. There is only one Super Permit recipient each year. The lucky winner will be eligible to launch on any date of their choosing. The cost is $5 per chance to enter the Super Permit lottery and participants may purchase an unlimited number of chances.
Super Permit chances are available through the FWP Online Licensing System at https://app.mt.gov/als/index/index.html or visit the homepage of stateparks.mt.gov .
Revenue from the sale of Super Permit chances will be used for the protection and enhancement of the Smith River. The Smith River State Park Manger will personally notify the lucky winner during the week of March 18.
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.
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