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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 7 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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Santa Monica, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 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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50 reviews 50 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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Alberta
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

If you're driving by on I-15 don't miss this boat tour. Show up 1/2 hour early and then enjoy the 2 hour tour. The knowledge the captain of the boat has is amazing, you can't beat the scenery and learning something new and interesting is always good. Hard not to enjoy this.

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Helena, Montana
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

There is no more peaceful and relaxing is a great way to enjoy some of the most majestic views available in the Helena area. These cruises are a long standing tradition, and a "must see" for those visiting the Helena valley. Great scenery, chances to view wildlife, and a knowledgeable captain are all elements that make this trip worth the... More

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Sonoma, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This is the best place (only?) to launch a boat to fish the stretch of the Missouri between Holter Dam and Hauser Dam. That part of the river is loaded with lots of big trout. We met our guides there and found all of the facilities clean, with plenty of parking.

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Nakusp
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46 reviews 46 reviews
21 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

When we heard about this tour we had to take this cruise! I am a history buff and any chance to experience what Lewis and Clark did is a must do. Our cruise was on the Sacajawea II...the oldest boat in the fleet which suited me just fine!! The trip is very scenic and beautiful. Our guide was excellent and... More

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Wisdom, Montana
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I took my niece on this tour and was quite surprised by how much we both enjoyed the cruise. It was well worth the money spent for the tickets. Our Captain, a school teacher by trade, gave an amazing interpretation of natural and cultural history and made the time seem to fly by. Wildlife along the shore and interesting geologic... More

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Pahrump, Nevada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

For folks who enjoy the water, wildlife, and jet boats, this is a "must do". It's about 15 miles north of Helena, MT, just a few miles off the freeway. The jet boat we rode was 65' long, 18' wide and was propelled by two turboed Cummins diesel engines with 320 hp each!! Captain Jim did an excellent job explaining... More

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Pittsburgh, PA
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Boat was comfortable, and the captain's narration was great bonus. Brought area to life. Seeing bald eagles and wildlife was excellent too

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