Montana's Smith River "Super Permit" Winner Announced: 2012 Sets Record for "Chances" Purchased

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Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) announced today that Chris Gysler, 55, a home builder/contractor from Bozeman is the 2012 Smith River “Super Permit” winner. This is the second year for the “Super Permit” lottery drawing and the winner can launch on any date they choose.

“I felt like I was the luckiest guy in Montana,” said Gysler after being contacted by Smith River State Park and River Corridor Manager Colin Maas. “What I like about the Smith River is that there’s no interstate, highway, county road or anything next to it. My friends and I have fun and fish and we also have the peace and quiet that comes with it.”

Gysler grew up in Fort Benton, and has lived in Bozeman for 30 years. He has floated the Smith River 25 times. This year he bought 2 chances at the Super Permit after he didn’t draw a regular permit.

2012 saw more chances purchased than last year. The cost of one “chance” is $5.00. This year, 1,435 applicants purchased 2,973 chances for a total of $14,865. 67.5% of the chances purchased were by residents and 32% of the chances were purchased by non-residents. Last year, 2,434 chances were purchased equaling $12,170 in revenue collected.

Revenue from the sale of the “Super Permit” chances will be used for the protection and enhancement of the Smith River State Park and River Corridor.

As of March 14, applicants who were unsuccessful can call the Smith River Reservation Line at (406) 454-5861 between 8 AM and noon, Monday through Friday, to request any remaining launch dates or cancelled permits.

The Smith River State Park and River Corridor is a 59-mile section of river between Camp Baker and Eden Bridge south of Great Falls, known for its spectacular scenery and amazing trout fishing.

For more information on the Smith River State Park and River Corridor visit: stateparks.mt.gov

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