Permits to float the Smith River are in the mail.
This year, 5,346 people applied for a permit to float the central Montana river and 893 received the permit they sought. That’s about a 17 percent success rate.
Total applications this year were slightly behind last year’s total of 5,704 and down from the record of 5,820 applications submitted in 2008.
Of this year’s applicants, 4,376 were Montana residents; 970 were nonresidents.
To check results on FWP’s web site go to the FWP Web site at fwp.mt.gov, click on the Smith River Permit Status link and type in your ALS number.
Beginning March 17, 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.