Results of Smith River float lottery available

By Star Staff

Montana State Parks announced recently that the 2018 permit lottery drawing results to float Smith River State Park are available online at Successful applicants will also be notified by mail, according to a news release from Montana State Parks.

Permits are required to float the iconic 59-mile stretch of the Smith River which is celebrated for its spectacular scenery, remote location and excellent trout fishing. A total of 1,284 float permits were awarded for the upcoming season.

For those who were not successful in the regular permit drawing, Smith River Super Permit chances are available for $5 per chance through Thursday, March 15. One Super Permit winner will be allowed to launch on any date of his or her choosing.

Chances may be purchased online at or at any Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks regional office. The drawing will be on Monday, March 19.

Unsuccessful permit applicants for 2018 also may call the Smith River Reservation and Information Line at  406-454-5861 beginning Monday to request any remaining launch dates or canceled permits. The call line will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-noon.

For more information about Smith River State Park visit