Outdoors blog

Smith River gives Montana rafters a chilly reception

A Montana State Parks work crew gears up at the put in on the Smith River on April 22, 2011. (Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks)
A Montana State Parks work crew gears up at the put in on the Smith River on April 22, 2011. (Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks)

RIVER RUNNING -- Rafters on Montana's Smith River might have been getting as much use out of their snowshoes as they have out of their fishing rods this week, as the photo above indicates.

People can't predict the weather when they draw permits during the February lottery for the popular stream.

The Smith River winds through a spectacular limestone canyon in the Lewis & Clark / Helena National Forests.  The typical four day, 59-mile float offers great fishing for cutthroat, brown and rainbow trout, plus mountain whitefish. 




You must be logged in to post comments. Please log in here or click the comment box below for options.

comments powered by Disqus
« Back to Outdoors blog
Rich Landers
Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.

Follow Rich online:








Close

Sections


Profile

Close

Contact the Spokesman

Main switchboard:
(509) 459-5000
(800) 338-8801
Newsroom:
(509) 459-5400
(800) 789-0029
Customer service:
(800) 338-8801