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Bigfork Whitewater Festival 2019 – Whitefish

May 24 at 8:00 am - May 26 at 3:00 pm

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In its 43rd year, the Bigfork Whitewater Festival is the oldest running whitewater race on our list. Located in Flathead Valley, not far from Whitefish Ski resort, this last mile of the Swan River is all class IV rapids! Nicknamed the “Wild Mile”, this segment of river flows through the town of Bigfork which has a nature trail following the river, giving spectators the perfect venue to watch from. Over the years, this event has even been part of professional circuits such as the Kayaking Pro Circuit and Western Whitewater Championship series.

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Bigfork Whitewater Festival 2019 Event Schedule

Saturday May 27th:

8:00 – 10:00 a.m. Registration for Kayak and Rafting events (In front of the Garden Bar)

10 a.m. Lower Slalom

12:30 p.m. Mandatory Boater’s Meeting at Start

1 p.m. Expert Slalom

Sunday May 28th:

8:00 a.m. Registration for Triathlon and Rafting Events (In front of the Garden Bar)

9:00 a.m. Triathlon

9:00 a.m. Raft and Kayak Down River

11:30 a.m. Raft Head-to-head heats

12:00ish Kayak Giant Slalom

2:30 p.m. Final Raft Head-to-head heats

Saturday & Sunday:

Vendor booths along Electric Avenue, Food Vendors in front of Brookside Yard


May 24 at 8:00 am
May 26 at 3:00 pm
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Bigfork River
Bigfork, Montana 59911 United States + Google Map