Trip Report — Smith River Montana, October 1 – 7, 2023

A permit for the Smith is always a long shot — about 1500 permits for 15,000 applications.  And my application for an October 1 launch was optimistically based on a fairly regular bump up of flows in late September and early October. But our trip for three hardy kayakers was a delight. See the attached Smith River Trip Report for more details.

Based on our experience, a fall Smith trip would be a great addition to our RMCC schedule — for the hardy and flexible — and we THINK that you can just show up at the put-in, self register, and launch rather than submit/win a fall launch date for the lottery.  Or a trip might at least be more flexible on the actual launch date – depending on the weather.  But more on that possibility for next year.