Anticipating summertime in Montana is much like lighting a fuse on a big string of fireworks. The built-up fuel is there and all it takes is the spark of the first hot day to get things lit. With just three months (give or take) of truly hot weather, we like to cram a maximum amount of fun into those 90 days as we can.

Most of us enjoy is getting out on the water during those long summer days. Maybe you prefer a drift boat on the Big Horn, a jet boat on the Yellowstone or heading to Fort Peck with dreams of filling your cooler with massive fish. Others might prefer a kayak, stand-up paddle board or maybe a good old inner-tube and a lazy day floating the river. Whatever your preferred mode of hitting the water is this summer, we want you to have a good time.

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Win one of these sweet Twisted Tea floating islands.

With our pals at Twisted Tea, Townsquare Media, Billings would like to give you a chance to Twist Up The River with a sweet floaty. We've scored four (4) to giveaway to lucky listeners. These awesome, inflatable party-pads are over 12 feet long, and feature a removable sunshade, cooler bag, mesh bottom, backrests and 8 cupholders (for Twisted Tea, of course). Enter below.

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So many great rivers to float in Montana.

We might not have legendary beaches, but we do have some pretty awesome water in Montana. Some popular spots for floating include:

  • Cooney. Sure, it gets crowded on weekends, but you can be on the water in less than an hour from Billings.
  • The Yellowstone. Spring runoff is about to make the river fairly dangerous, but give it a month or two and the waterway in our backyard will be filled with floaters.
  • The Madison. One of the busiest rivers in the state, the calm, fairly shallow water makes this river a popular floating spot.
  • The Missouri. A bit of a drive from Billings, the Missouri offers many incredible sections to float or fish.
  • Yellowtail. Montana's baby Grand Canyon is pretty spectacular, with beautiful, hidden little coves along the shores. Those on the braver side can cliff dive off the spectacular rocks.

Remember, always "get twisted" responsibly. You must be 21+ to enter this contest. Prizes will be awarded no later than 6/11/21. Floating rivers can be dangerous and this inflatable is not recommended for rough water. Always wear a lifejacket.

LOOK: Here are the 50 best beach towns in America

Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.

20 Montana Distilleries You Have to Visit

The Montana distillery scene is certainly taking off, and with the access to local ingredients, you can feel good about supporting these establishments all across the state. Here are 20 distilleries that are worth a visit.