Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks requires a permit to float the beautiful 59-mile stretch of the Smith River between Camp Baker and Eden Bridge. Permits are awarded each year through a lottery system. Applications for this year's Smith River lottery will be accepted between January 6 - February 20, 2014. Details:

Want to enhance your Montana summer and have your friends start treating you a little nicer? Get your name in the hat to float some of the state's most precious scenery. Applications for the Smith River Permit lottery will be accepted between January 6 - February 20. They are available online and at FWP offices. There is a $10 non-refundable application fee. The results will be posted online on March 4.