Summer rushes in on the rising waters of the rivers around northwest Montana. Each year for 39 years in Bigfork it's also announced through the annual Whitewater Festival.
This years festival featured kayaks and rafts braving the Class IV rapids on the "Wild Mile" of the Swan River, as well as Stand Up Paddleboards.
The two-day event features beginner and expert slalom races judged by time and accuracy as paddlers maneuver down the river through specially market gates.
Looking for video of the Bigfork Whitewater Festival I came across this piece from Epic Montana: