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PHOTOS: Kayakers battle the Wild Mile at the Bigfork Whitewater Festival

by CASEY KREIDER, Daily Inter Lake
| May 28, 2022 4:00 PM

Kayakers navigate a section of the Wild Mile along the Swan River during the Expert Slalom event at the Bigfork Whitewater Festival on Saturday, May 28.

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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)

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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 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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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 around a gate on a section of the Swan River's Wild Mile 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 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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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 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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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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