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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: Motor-boating, Hiking, Group tours/day tour
Description: Just north of Helena on the Missouri River.
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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 NEW

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 NEW

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
42 helpful votes 42 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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22 reviews 22 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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48 reviews 48 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We Went out the morning of July 4th to take the early trip and found out they had room for the evening cruise with a BBQ I decided to take advantage of both trips and we are glad we did.We got two interpretations from two very knowledgeable Captains and learned a lot of history of the area and the longest... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Our B&B host suggested this to fit into our schedule. It was about a half hour drive from downtown Helena and the boat tour lasted about two hours. We had amazing weather so it made the experience all that much better. Our guide provided lots a interesting historical details, with touches of humor, and pointed out a few birds, various... More

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This is a majestic boat ride filled with lots of history from Lewis and Clark. My whole family went, about 20 of us, and we each had a great time. So much beauty all around there, and the tour guide had a ton of great history of everything we saw. A definite recommend.

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Medford, Oregon
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107 reviews 107 reviews
16 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Took this tour to see some history and was not disappointed. The captain does a good job narrating and pointing out the various wildlife. Price was reasonable and the boat was comfortable. I should mention that these tour boats do not stop at Merriweather picnic area at this time due to the last fire and ongoing restoration efforts. The staff... More

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