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PHOTOS: 47th Annual Bigfork White Water Festival

by Casey Kreider, Daily Inter Lake
| June 1, 2022 12:00 AM

Locals and visitors alike gathered along the Swan River for the 47th Annual Bigfork White Water Festival. The last mile of the Swan River, known as the "Wild Mile", is a class IV section of whitewater. This beautiful and challenging whitewater venue gives spectators front row seats for some of the best whitewater action in the area.

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A kayaker navigates a section of the Wild Mile along the Swan River during the Expert Slalom event at the 47th annual Bigfork Whitewater Festival on Saturday, May 28. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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A kayaker navigates a section of the Wild Mile along the Swan River during the Expert Slalom event at the 47th annual Bigfork Whitewater Festival on Saturday, May 28. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Spectators watch as a kayaker navigates a section of the Wild Mile along the Swan River during the Expert Slalom event at the 47th annual Bigfork Whitewater Festival on Saturday, May 28. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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A kayaker navigates a section of the Wild Mile along the Swan River during the Expert Slalom event at the 47th annual Bigfork Whitewater Festival on Saturday, May 28. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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A kayaker navigates a section of the Wild Mile along the Swan River during the Expert Slalom event at the 47th annual Bigfork Whitewater Festival on Saturday, May 28. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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A kayaker navigates a section of the Wild Mile along the Swan River during the Expert Slalom event at the 47th annual Bigfork Whitewater Festival on Saturday, May 28. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Kayakers take trial runs down a section of the Swan River's Wild Mile before the start of the Expert Slalom event at the 47th annual Bigfork Whitewater Festival on Saturday, May 28. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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A volunteer rescue kayaker, left, leapt into the Swan River to help a competitor out of a hole during the Expert Slalom event at the 47th annual Bigfork Whitewater Festival on Saturday, May 28. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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A kayaker navigates a section of the Wild Mile along the Swan River during the Expert Slalom event at the 47th annual Bigfork Whitewater Festival on Saturday, May 28. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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A kayaker navigates a section of the Wild Mile along the Swan River during the Expert Slalom event at the 47th annual Bigfork Whitewater Festival on Saturday, May 28. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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A kayaker navigates a section of the Wild Mile along the Swan River during the Expert Slalom event at the 47th annual Bigfork Whitewater Festival on Saturday, May 28. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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A kayaker navigates a section of the Wild Mile along the Swan River during the Expert Slalom event at the 47th annual Bigfork Whitewater Festival on Saturday, May 28. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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A kayaker navigates a section of the Wild Mile along the Swan River during the Expert Slalom event at the 47th annual Bigfork Whitewater Festival on Saturday, May 28. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Kayakers paddle around the reservoir before the start of the Expert Slalom at the Bigfork Whitewater Festival on Saturday, May 28. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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A kayaker puts-in below the dam before the start of the Expert Slalom at the Bigfork Whitewater Festival on Saturday, May 28. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)