River wash

A boater washes sticky clay mud off his raft before launching after a muddy drive in to Camp Baker.

Smith River State Park opened for floating on Monday, April 15. The park opening had been scheduled for April 1 but was delayed due to safety concerns caused by excessive ice and snow on the river.

Conditions in the park have improved and the river is free of floating hazards from ice. Snow has melted-off at Camp Baker.

While most boat camps on the river are open, some remain closed due to ice and snow while others may be limited because of soft ground. 

For more information contact Colin Maas at 406-454-5857.

Celebrated for its spectacular scenery, remote location and excellent trout fishing, the Smith River is one of Montana’s most sought-after outdoor recreation experiences. Permits are required to float the 59-mile section of river between Camp Baker and Eden Bridge and are issued each year through a lottery.

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