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Big Fork Whitewater Festival


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.  

Bigfork, Montana is located on the north end of Flathead Lake, where the Swan River spills into Bigfork Bay. The last mile of the Swan River, known as the "Wild Mile", is a class IV section of whitewater.  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, which offers an eclectic variety of restaurants, shops and galleries.  Please check out the Bigfork Chamber website for more visitor information!

Earlier Event: May 18
Raft, Kayak, and Surf Swap
Later Event: June 6
Best of the West