It's 59 miles of the most cherished stretch of river in America, with one put-in and one take-out. About 1 in 10 people who applied for a private float permit for the Smith River got one for 2023. Nearly 40% of the float permits for The Smith were awarded to nonresidents of Montana. Do we have a problem?
You'll have to do a lot more work these days to get the hell away from other people in Montana, but IT IS still possible. We just have to adjust our destinations and find legal lands or State Parks that aren't at the top of everyone's list.