How many Smith River permits are issued?
About 1,000 permits are issued each year. Float parties (recreational or outfitter-run) are limited to 15 people, and only nine launches are permitted each day. FWP also runs a “Super Permit” lottery, which permits the holder to launch on any day of their choosing.
Why do you need a permit on the Smith River?
The Smith River is so popular that a permit is required to float it. The permit process allows visitors a quality, multi-day float in relative solitude. On average, visitors take four days to float the river. From May 15 – July 15 floaters can stay on the river a maximum of four nights only.
How much is a Smith River permit?
A person applying for a Smith River permit must be a minimum of 12 years of age at the time they submit their permit application. There is no age restriction to participate on a Smith River float trip. Applicants pay a $10 non-refundable permit application fee.
What is a Smith River Launch Super permit chance?
The Recipient of the Super Permit will be allowed to launch on any date. Smith River Super Permit chances are $5 each and may be purchased online through the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Automated Licensing System or at any FWP regional office or license provider through Thursday, March 16.
Can you float the Smith River without a permit?
The Smith River is so popular that a permit is required to float it. The permit process allows visitors a quality, multi-day float in relative solitude.
Are Smith River permits transferable?
Permits are non-transferable and non-refundable. Permit holders must bring photo ID to the put-in. Permit holders must cancel their permit if they are not going to use their launch regardless of weather or water flows above 100 cfs.
How much does it cost to float the Smith River?
Do note that each member of your party MUST HAVE A PHOTO ID to be able to float as they will take down each person’s information. In addition to this, each floater is required to pay a launch fee before floating. The fee is $25 for Montana residents and $75 for nonresidents.
How long does it take to float the Smith River?
The float is 59 river miles from Camp Baker (put-in) to Eden Bridge (take-out). On average, floaters take four days to float. A minimum of two nights and three full days should be planned for normal water levels, which is 300+ cfs.
Can you wade the Smith River?
The Smith flows through private land for most of its length. Due to a lack of fishing access sites, wade fishing is difficult. Consequently, the most popular and effective way to fish the Smith River is by boat. Unlike other Montana rivers, anyone who wants to float the Smith needs a permit.
What is a Als number?
You can find your ALS number located at the top of any previous license/permit. The number is identified by your date of birth, followed by a dash and up to three digits. If you can’t find your ALS number, please enter the search criteria below and then press the Search button.
What is an Elk B license in Montana?
The B License is an antlerless elk license valid during a specific time period and in a particular hunting district or group of districts. License is valid for one elk.
How do I lookup my Montana ALS number?
You can find your ALS number located at the top of any previous license/permit. The number is identified by your date of birth, followed by a dash and up to three digits.