IMPORTANT NOTICE - Posted September 8, 2010 Be aware of barbed wire that has been strung all the way across the river by local ranchers . IMPORTANT NOTICE - Posted August 20, 2010 Due to black bear activity, Trout Creek and Bear Gulch boat camps have been closed until further notice. 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. Visit the Smith River Floating Web page for more information. 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.