Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the U.S. Forest Service are agency partners in the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, a national program that promotes responsible outdoor recreation on our public lands. In traveling the Smith River, you play a part in its preservation and management. Please help limit the need for new rules and regulations by using common sense to reduce or eliminate your group's impact. Regulations on the Smith have been thoughtfully crafted to reflect the public's desire to maintain a high quality experience.
Simple living, adventure, and solitude can still be part of backcountry travels. To assure the continued existence we must take the responsibility to educate ourselves and to become equipped with skills and habits that enable us to have minimum impact.
You can help reduce problems in the backcountry or become part of them. Low-impact camping practices must be realistic and tempered by judgment and experience. Ask yourself why you came and what you received from the Smith River. What will you choose? What will you do?
The following principles form the foundation of the Leave No Trace program. Conscientious attention can greatly aid your ability to minimize the impact of your Smith River and other backcountry visits.