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“Wonderful Trip” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Snake Dancer Day Excursions

Snake Dancer Day Excursions
1550 Port Drive Ste B, Clarkston, WA 99403
+1 800-234-1941
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Owner description: Hells Canyon Jet Boat Tours on The Snake River provided by Snake Dancer Excursions. Snake Dancer Excursions has been family owned and operated since 1970. We are the only tour operator that takes you the furthest from Hells Canyon Resort and Marina all the way to Hells Canyon Dam. You can choose Full or Half Day Scenic Tours, or Fishing Charters for Bass, Troutt, Sturgeon and Steelhead.Snake Dancer is famous for our homemade buffet style lunch and cookies, smaller tour boats for a more personalized tour.We are proud to take friends, family and visitors from all over the world into Hells Canyon "The Deepest River Gorge In North America"."Treating You Special is Our Speciality"Snake Dancer Excurions
Casa Grande, Arizona
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“Wonderful Trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

Was suppose to do the full day trip to the dam (11 hours ) but they didn't have enough people and we got switched to the half day trip to Dug Bar (5-6 hours), turned out to be a great trip. Gabe owner and captain of our trip was very friendly as was the staff at check-in. He had knowledge of the river and history to make for one exciting trip. Did get to go thru some class 2-3 rapids. Lunch was served buffet style but all the food except the fried chicken was home made and absolutly delicious. This is a must do if your in the area.

Visited June 2012
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, Owner at Snake Dancer Day Excursions, responded to this review, June 26, 2012
We are glad you enjoyed your tour into Hells Canyon! Thanks for the compliment on the lunch, we are known for one of the best buffet style spreads and have to keep our cookie recipe handy for requests. Your compliments have been passed on the the captain, reservation clerk and of course the cook! Again we are sorry that you had to move to another tour, but tis the season when we are just getting busy. We hope for full boats on our tours the rest of this summer. Hope to see you in the future and we will take you all the way to The Hells Canyon Dam!
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“Spectacular Scenery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

Our Snake Dancer jet boat trip was phenomenal! The scenery is awesome and unique to the area. Gabe our captain was extremely knowledgeable about the area, the geography, the history, and the Indians and settlers who lived in the area. He answered questions, looked for wildlife to point out, and stopped the boat, giving us plenty of time to gawk. Although the river has rapids in places, the boat offered a comfortable ride with side curtains when it rained. There are back "jump" seats for passengers who want to feel white-water spray. The food was delicious: muffins and juice for a snack; fried chicken, pasta salad, fresh veggies and chips for lunch. I recommend this trip for anyone who likes to get to know where the places they visit.

Visited June 2012
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, Owner at Snake Dancer Day Excursions, responded to this review, June 26, 2012
We appreciate your review and take that as a compliment :)
Thank You for coming with Snake Dancer Excursions and taking the time to write about your experience. Hope to see you again.
Sincerly,
Snake Dancer Excursions
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Madison, South Dakota
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“A definite "bucket list" experience made memorable by a friendly, family-owned boating company”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012

We took the full 11-hour trip to the Hell's Canyon Dam. It's definitely not inexpensive, but, if you can figure out a way to stretch your budget, it's worth it, particularly if you treat it as part of life's ultimate bucket list. The Canyon is simply spectacular and the wild-life were abundant. We saw lots of elk, mountain sheep, eagles, and even a bear. To explain how incredible the scenery is, we are now sorting through nearly 500 pictures taken on the trip! Unless you are an avid hiker or rafting enthusiast this is the only way you are ever going to see majesty of the Canyon.

If you can't take the full trip we strongly recommend taking the "intermediate" length one. It will at least get you well into the Canyon. There's nothing wrong with the half day trips except that you will spend most of the time just getting to the Canyon visitor's center.

There aren't a huge number of reviews of jet boat companies up here and we made our selection based on previous reviews, boat size and a "gut sense". We weren't disappointed. We went with Snake Dancer because we wanted a boat on which we could experience the fun of running Class 3-5 rapids and not feel like we were on a cruise ship. Our boat could have held ~20, but we were lucky to only have 9 onboard on our trip so we could move about quite a bit. Gabe, our captain, was a qualified professional, with nearly 20 years of river experience and he also happens to be a really nice person. The worst of the rapids on our trip were Class 4+ and Gabe made running them fun; no one was ever scared even though most of us did rather wet, particularly on the return trip. Running the rapids in a 600hp twin V-8 jetboat makes it seem almost easy!

It's worth noting that the food provided exceeded our expectations. A continental breakfast was served about ~2 hours into the trip. The lunch was more than we expected consisting of a buffet of cold fried chicken, pasta salad, beans, chips, etc. You do work up an appetite and by the time the 4pm cookies were served we were all ravenous. Water and lemonade were available throughout the whole trip. About the only suggestion I can think of is if you bring children you might want to pack a couple of granola bars for the pre-breakfast period.

All-in-all this was a truly memorable experience!

Visited June 2012
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TravelerForFun1999, Owner at Snake Dancer Day Excursions, responded to this review, July 18, 2012
We here at Snake Dancer Excursions our so proud to read this review from you!
We strive to give everyone this experience of Hells Canyon. Hells Canyon is "The Deepest River Gorge In North America" and is the most beautiful place on the Snake River. We did not create the canyon but provide the vehicle to see it.
It is not by accident that we have smaller tour boats for a more personal tour. Gary and Ellen Watson founded this Company in 1970 and I think they would be proud to hear such rave reviews as we have kept the food/tours as original as possible.
We would like to thank you for writing this review! It shows us that our hard work is noticed and we will continue to provide this 1st class service.
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seattle
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“Another Must do checked off my Bucket List”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2011

i have wanted to take a boat trip on the Snake River through Hells Canyon for many years and finally did it! The boat picked me up from my hotel, the Quality Inn (see my rave review) right on time. The jet boat holds 20ish is covered (a few uncovered seats in the back) and was very stable. It was a 5 hour trip with a picnic lunch high up overlooking the river. Good food too! The rapids were exciting, and most of the trip was jetting along peacefully. The constant viewsare breath-taking and we saw some wildlife too. There are some tame deer where we stopped for lunch. All and all a chance of a lifetime experience.

Visited September 2011
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Spokane, Washington
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“A 660 HP carnival ride through Hells Canyon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2011

Took the half day trip. We had a nice lunch and picked up some rafters and took them to Pittsburgh Landing, extending our trip by a couple of hours. Never felt in danger and it was a blast going up the rapids and later drifting back through them. We took the smaller boat which holds about 20 people. There is also a larger boat and you can take a day trip up to Hells Canyon Dam.

Visited August 2011
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