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Address: 3131 Gates of the Mountains Rd., Helena, MT 59604
Phone Number: 406-458-5241
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  Just north of Helena on the Missouri River.

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The best day out!

This is just such an iconic way to experience the beautiful Mt scenery. It is perfect for a family day out of a treat for out of town relatives. The tour guides/ boat driver are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Helena, Montana
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Helena, Montana
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67 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is just such an iconic way to experience the beautiful Mt scenery. It is perfect for a family day out of a treat for out of town relatives. The tour guides/ boat driver are full of interesting information and very entertaining. Fabulous location of a wedding!

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Helena, Montana
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58 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Or go if your visiting the area. Very scenic. Fun clean boats and knowledgeable tour guides. Kind of like the Helena tour train, not something local residents would do again and again but well worth the price. It's a beautiful place and I will take my friends and relatives many times in the years to come.

Thank David S
Austin, Texas, United States
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18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After reading the amazing book Young Men and Fire by Norman Maclean (also the author of "A River Runs Through It"), we wanted to hike the Mann Gulch wildfire area and had heard there was a boat you could take that dropped you off for the hike. Sure enough, we contacted the Gates of the Mountains Marina where we were... More 

Thank Rachel F
Helena, Montana
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50 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

This boat tour really surprised me. The tour took no more than 2 hours and was in a gorgeous location. The natural beauty here is amazing. We saw bighorn sheep. The history is equally amazing. I don't know how things like this manage to not be huge attractions, but it had a nice, family feel and the lack of a... More 

Thank Scott S
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Amazing, splendid, awesome scenery and trails. Wildlife galore! Would highly recommend, and I grew up in Montana!

Thank Thad W
Kirkland, Washington
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152 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

This boat tour was excellent. Nicely narrated and informative. I especially like the narrative near the Mann Gulch area. This is the location of numerous wildland firefighters, who perished years ago. The scenery is awesome and the water is clear. Pure Montana! The price was very reasonable as well. $14 for a senior admission.

Thank Don H
Helotes, Texas
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52 reviews
30 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Great boat tour. Easy to find. worth the price to get a history along the river. Exhaust from the boat was a bit intense at times only when the driver was idling. Recommend for all ages.

Thank Utah-Indy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

The Captain of the boat was a wonderful speaker. He was very informative in the history of this lake and river. Lewis and Clark traveled this water way. I would say it was about an hour to hour and a half ride.

Thank nslowe
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203 reviews
88 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

We been following the Lewis & Clark Journey since we seen the exhibit in St Louis, Missouri. Our interpreter was very knowledgeable of the area and geological field of this canyon. We stop and he explain some the geological formations on the canyon walls also some American Indian tribes do have traditions of tribal tattoos on the canyon walls.

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Portland, Oregon
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34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

Wonderful two-hour boat trip on the Missouri. The guide is very knowledgeable about the geological history of the gorge, the human history of the area, and the wildlife; he's been doing this twice a day for 28 years, and he loves the land he speaks of. We saw several eagles, Common Mergansers, Big-horned Sheep, Mule Deer, and a great Kingfisher,... More 

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