Posted: Mar 21, 2013 2:39 PM by MTN News
HELENA - A Missoula man has won this year's coveted "super permit" to float the popular Smith River.
Montana State Parks announced that Stuart Goldberg, 43, snagged the prize, meaning he can get a launch permit good for any date he chooses.
"The Smith River is one of my favorite places on the planet," said Goldberg. "You couldn't have made anyone happier than me to get this call. I will choose a date where I can see the full moon and enjoy the best camping weather."
Goldberg, who works in conservation real estate development, says he's applied for a permit through the regular lottery system 13 times and only has been awarded one permit, two years ago. He lives in Missoula with his wife and two young children.
This year, 853 people purchased a total of 1,808 super permit chances for a total of $9,040. The cost of one "chance" is $5.00.
Revenue from the sale of super permit chances is used for the protection and enhancement of the Smith River State Park and River Corridor.
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 scenery and trout fishing.
Permits are required to float the 59-mile section of river and are issued annually through a lottery.
(photo courtesy Stuart Goldberg)