Smith River - Camp Baker to Eden Bridge



The Smith River is unique to Montana in 2 ways.  First it is the only permitted river currently in Montana and second it runs for 59 miles without any kind of vehicle access.  The Smith is one of the best multi-day floats in the western US.  Not because of the whitewater but because of the fishing, solitude and scenery.  Pulling a permit is tough since only 9 parties launch a day.  If you have kids, this is a great trip to introduce them to multi-day river trips.

This river is in the heart of Montana so expect just about any kind of weather any time of year.  The best fishing tends to be on the downslope of the runnoff where the river mellows some and the fish are out looking for a bite to eat.

There are also many quality campsites on this stretch.  Most parties run this at a leisure pace of 5 days and 4 nights.  If you have the time and like fishing, planning in a layover day somewhere never hurts.


Class II to II+
Current Flow 189.0 CFS
09-30-2023 19:15
Recommended Flow Minimum: 300.0
Average: 800.0
Maximum: 2000.0
Typical Season Begins: April
Ends: July
Recommended Use Kayaking: Yes
Rafting: Yes
Canoeing: Yes
SUP: Yes
Packrafting: No
Fishing: Yes
Primary Gauge Smith River bl Eagle Cr nr Fort Logan MT
Length 58.9 Mile(s)
Gradient 15.8 FPM