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Smith River

Missoula angler Doug Sirois casts into a muddy Smith River in an attempt to catch a trout on June 1, 2018.

The permit lottery results to float Smith River State Park in 2019 are now available online at stateparks.mt.gov. In addition to the online results, successful applicants will also be notified by mail.

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. Overall, the number of applications received was down 4.37 percent from 2018 with a total of 1,288 float permits awarded for the upcoming season.

For applicants who were unsuccessful in the regular permit drawing, Smith River Super Permit chances are available through March 15 for $5 each. One Super Permit winner will be allowed to launch on any date of their choosing. Chances may be purchased online at stateparks.mt.gov or at any Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks regional office. The drawing will be held on March 18.

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The public may also call the Smith River Reservation and Information Line at 406-454-5861 beginning Monday, March 11, to request any remaining launch dates or cancelled permits. The call line will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon.

For more information about Smith River State Park visit: http://stateparks.mt.gov/smith-river/.

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