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Forget the blizzards, subzero temperatures and snowdrifts, it's time to start thinking about lazy summer days drifting down the Smith River.

Applications for a Smith River permit are available at all Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks offices or on the FWP Web site, fwp.mt.gov. Applications must be postmarked or submitted by Feb. 17.

To apply online, visit fwp.mt.gov, then click "Smith River Permit." You can also apply at any FWP regional office.

Typically, several thousand floaters apply, with about 800 getting the permit they seek. The peak float season runs from mid-May to early July. For more information contact the FWP Region 4 office in Great Falls at 406-454-5840.

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