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1 person dead in Smith River incident

Posted at 9:31 PM, May 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-05 14:54:51-04

UPDATE: The Cascade County Sheriff’s Office released a statement saying:
On May 21, 2018 at approximately 1:00PM, Deputies from the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office responded to a possible river rescue on the Smith River located at approximately Mile Marker 20 on Milligan Rd.

The initial investigation is showing that 3 males (identities unknown at this point) were on the Smith River with 2 boats. It is reported that the 2-man boat rounded a corner on the river and struck a large rock which caused the boat to capsize. One male was able to make it to shore and is in good condition. Unfortunately, the other occupant of the boat was not able to make it out of the river and has died.

Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office, Search and Rescue, and Ulm Fire were able to recover the victim.

The Smith River was running high and fast at the time of the incident.


Search crews have recovered a body from the river; the cause of death has not yet been determined.

The name of the person who died has not yet been released.

Eden Bridge is the only take-out point following a nearly 60-mile stretch of the Smith River that flows through a remote canyon.

That section of the the river is only open to permitted floaters and guides; permits are awarded annually via a lottery drawing conducted by Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.

We will update you as we get more information.


(1st Report, 2:15 p.m.) Emergency officials are responding to a report of two floaters who may have capsized in the Smith River.

Crews were called out around 1 p.m. to an area near the Eden Bridge south of Great Falls and southeast of Ulm.

We have a reporter at the scene and will update you when we get more information.