Smith - Camp Baker to Eden Bridge

Smith, Montana, US


Camp Baker to Eden Bridge

Usual Difficulty I-III (for normal flows)
Length 59 Miles

Typical Cliffs

Typical Cliffs
Photo taken 05/21/15 @ 450 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Smith River bl Eagle Cr nr Fort Logan MT
usgs-06077200 250 - 1500 cfs I-III 34d18h52m 133 cfs (too low)

River Description

Superb fishing, gorgeous scenery, and a remote setting combine to make a trip on the Smith River an unforgettable experience. With one put-in point and one take-out point, the 59-mile stretch of river is accessible only by canoe, raft, or other appropriate watercraft.

Because of its popularity, the Smith River is alone among Montana rivers to require a permit to float the waterway. A drawing for the permit is conducted each February; nine float parties are allowed to put in on the river each day. These regulations moderate fishing pressure and allow for long floats in relative solitude.

The float season varies widely depending on snow pack, rainfall, and amount and timing of irrigation. The typical float season is from mid-April through July 4th, occassionally with some floating in September.


Permit Information

Permits issued through a lottery managed by Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. Peak season is May 15th to July 15th.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2016-04-22 15:13:54

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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May 29 2015 (1294 days ago)
KarenH (156207)
This river is mostly Class I with a few Class II rapids. There is no Class III at normal levels.
There is good information at

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