Smith River

White Sulphur Springs, Montana 59645

Smith River

Smith River Professional Review and Guide

"One of Montana's premier floating streams, the Smith River cuts a narrow swath through a spectacular canyon. Its colorful cliffs, abundant wildflowers, outstanding wildlife, and excellent fishing bring people back year after year. The river at normal flows is Class I, except for two Class II rapids.

Suitable for practiced beginners in rafts, intermediates in canoes. Requires continuous maneuvering. After river drops below floatable levels, summer rainstorms sometimes raise flows enough for spur-of-the-moment canoeists. Float fee and permit required."

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Trail Information

White Sulphur Springs
Nearby City
125 miles
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Class I-II
Sharp bends with currents flowing into cliff walls, snags, narrow channels, and float-through fences; sudden, intense lightning or windstorms. Rattlesnakes, bears, and raccoons may cause problems if you fail to keep a clean camp.
May 15 to July 1 is the prime Smith River floating period, so those seeking solitude go in April and September.
Fishing, Camping, Birding
Additional Use
FWP, Great Falls or Camp Baker; Amy’s Think Wild Shuttle Service, White Sulphur Springs; Montana River Outfitters, Great Falls; US Weather Service, Great Falls.
Local Contacts
USFS: Lewis and Clark (Jefferson Division), Helena; USGS: White Sulphur, MT; Great Falls, MT; River Rat Maps: Smith; Montana Afloat: #9 (The Smith River).
Local Maps

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Jul 2018