Smith River State Park

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Smith River State Park

Montana

(406) 454-5840

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Overview

The Smith River is a unique 59-mile river corridor. Permits are required to float the stretch of Smith River between Camp Baker and Eden Bridge. Noted for its spectacular scenery and blue-ribbon trout fishery, the Smith River is unique in that it has only one public put-in and one public take-out for the entire 59-mile segment of river. Boat camps located along the remote river canyon help preserve the unique quality of this area. The Smith River between Camp Baker (launch site) and Eden Bridge (take-out site) is the only river corridor managed by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks as a permitted river. Permits for private floats on the Smith River are allocated to the public via a lottery system prior to the spring season. Permit applications are typically available the first week of January each year, with the application deadline of mid-February. The Smith River is a special place. As a visitor, you have the responsibility to care for the land and the fishery, as well as respect private property and the experiences of other floaters.

Map of Smith River (MT)

Latitude, Longitude: 46.183523, -110.531909

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Activities

  • Boating

    Permits are required to float the stretch of Smith River between Camp Baker and Eden Bridge. Noted for its spectacular scenery and blue-ribbon trout fishery, the Smith River is unique in that it has only one public put-in and one public take-out for the entire 59-mile segment of river. Boat camps located along the remote river canyon help preserve the unique quality of this area.

  • Camping

    Boat camps located along the remote river canyon help preserve the unique quality of this area.

  • Fishing

    There are ample opportunities for fishing in this park.

  • Picnicking

    Enjoy the scenery over a picnic lunch, however, bring your own supplies as no designated picnic site is provided.

  • Water Sports

    Permits are required to float the stretch of Smith River between Camp Baker and Eden Bridge. Noted for its spectacular scenery and blue-ribbon trout fishery, the Smith River is unique in that it has only one public put-in and one public take-out for the entire 59-mile segment of river. Boat camps located along the remote river canyon help preserve the unique quality of this area. Swimming is also permitted in the park at visitors' own risk.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open May 15 through November 30.

Directions

Driving

16 miles northwest of White Sulphur Springs on secondary 360, then 7 miles north on county road.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(406) 454-5840

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