The Bigfork Whitewater Festival is celebrating 43 years of extreme whitewater action and community-oriented fun! This is the longest running event in Bigfork and is one that the entire Flathead Valley looks forward to each year. Participants come from around the world to race. Spectators are also a huge part of this festival and come to enjoy the races and other events held in town.
The last mile of the Swan River, known as the “Wild Mile”, is a class IV+ section of whitewater, just before the Swan River spills into Bigfork Bay. It is the perfect whitewater venue with a scenic nature trail paralleling the north side, giving spectators front row seats for some of the best whitewater action in the area. The Wild Mile also flows through downtown Bigfork and allows race viewing from the historic steel bridge for Friday evening and Sunday races.
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