The 59-mile Smith River float is a trip that all anglers should experience at least once. The Smith is a fickle river. Depending upon the conditions that floaters encounter, it can be the trip of a lifetime, or a serious challenge. Permits for April and July are relatively easy to acquire, but there's good reason for that: the possibility of encountering winter weather, and low water, respectively. Permits for May and June are tough to come by, their popularity stemming from cushy floating conditions (but not necessarily the best fishing conditions). All things considered, I'll take my chances in April.
Didn't draw a permit? Don't despair, any remaining or cancelled permits can be requested by calling 406.454.5861. And there's always the possibility of a fall float, a time when boaters can self-register at Camp Baker, no prearrangement necessary - just be sure to monitor river levels to ensure that there is enough water to float your boat.
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