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Gates of the Mountains

3131 Gates of the Mountains Rd., Helena, MT 59604
406-458-5241
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Ranked #2 of 8 Activities in Helena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours, Bodies of Water
Activities: Group tours/day tour, Motor-boating, Hiking
Description: Just north of Helena on the Missouri River.
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Great Falls, Montana
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Out tour boat captain was quite knowledgeable of the area and delivered the information in a very humorous. That made the tour more enjoyable. Beautiful country with tons of history and some interesting wildlife. Although we only saw a few deer and eagles. A nice outing for visiting friends and family.

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Montana City, Montana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This is a great trip to take with your family - lots of history and lots of wildlife. You will see more wildlife on the first early trip of the day but any time you will see deer and eagles, etc. Lots of Lewis & Clark info and how it got its name. Very relaxing and a bathroom break in... More

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Stevensville, Montana
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37 reviews 37 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The two hour tour is pricey ($16 adult) but worth it. The tour commentator was also the pilot of the tour boat. He was funny and informative, talking about the geological wonders and history of the area with equal enthusiasm. There is ice water in an Igloo container on board, but you should probably carry your own drink. About 75... More

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Calgary, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We arrived at 10am, just as one of the tours was pulling away from the dock. I noted that there didn't seem to be many people on that particular tour. We wasted time by looking at the little museum which surprisingly had some interesting information. By the time the 11am tour was ready to board there was a crowd ready... More

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Vaughn, Montana, United States
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79 reviews 79 reviews
16 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We went to Gates of the Mountains with our local travel group. We had a nice meal provided by the people of the resort. We were able to sit and visit and enjoy each other's company. We went out on a boat tour after dinner. The view was breathtaking and we enjoyed seeing eagles and deer with their fawns. We... More

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Los Angeles, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

The Gates of the Mountains boat ride is a must-do attraction in the Helena area. The ride lasts 2 hours and is narrated by the boat captain who gives a very interesting history of the area including highlights of the Lewis & Clark expedition in this area of the river. He maneuvered the boat so all of us could view... More

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Helena, Montana
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199 reviews 199 reviews
75 attraction reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

The tour boat may be fun, but seeing the Gates from a canoe or kayak offers a much better experience. The marina where the tour boats are based allows anyone to launch their canoe or kayak there, and charges only $5. The marina guy we talked to was cordial and accommodating. The paddle from the marina to the beginning of... More

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Santa Monica, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The Gates of the Mountains is a beautiful boat tour through some of the most incredible scenery in Montana. Our tour captain was a very knowledgeable guy who provided local history and pointed out all kinds of interesting things like bald eagles, goats, rock paintings and camp sites. If you are in Helena, do not miss this two hour excursion... More

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Billings, MT
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51 reviews 51 reviews
6 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The owners of this boat tour run it chop chop. The equipment is well maintained, the driver's and attendants are professional.. meaning no stupid.. no crazyness.. they are there to fully explain the history of the tour and the surrounding area and they do a great job. Made me proud to be a Montanan! A must see. Early tours are... More

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Cochrane, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

If driving into Helena, do not miss this amazing boat trip. $16 gives you a 2 hour boat tour with the most knowledgeable captain ever. The scenery is amazing and is so different from anything I have ever seen (and I live near Banff National Park). Perfect for all ages

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