Gates of the Mountains

Gates of the Mountains, Helena: Hours, Address, Gates of the Mountains Reviews: 4.5/5

Gates of the Mountains
4.5
National Parks • Nature & Wildlife Areas
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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Just north of Helena on the Missouri River.
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3131 Gates of the Mountains Rd., Helena, MT 59604
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Bonnie h
6 contributions
Our boat captain was very knowledgeable and informative. He took the time to turn the boat each time he pointed out a sight so both sides of the boat would be able to have a good view. He took his time and answered all questions about the area.
Written July 19, 2022
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db4r6286
Logansport, IN682 contributions
Nice boat ride up the Missouri River. Cary was our guide. She did a great job. The narration was very good. A lot of interesting history.
She was also very good with the kids letting them have a chance to steer the boat on the way back.
Be the first thirty in line to get on the small boat it is all open and very enjoyable.
Written September 13, 2020
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Helen C
Renton, WA820 contributions
Couples
The narrator certainly read a lot but the delivery wasn't very clear. The shades on the boat were rolled up, so it got hot at times. The smaller boat didn't have a toilet, but the dock has a very good restroom, cafe, gift shop, and sheltered picnic area with displays about the area. Good experience!
Written June 29, 2021
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jinshui
California356 contributions
I have mix feeling about the boat trip. If you are an average tourist, you would probably enjoy this 2 hour story-telling floating down the Missouri river.

We are a very active family and thought this would be a change of pace, some down time after hiking multiple long trails coming from the Glacier NP.

If you drive down I-15 from Cascade to Helena, you would see similar rock formations from your vehicle alongside the road. The only (and big), diff is that you are on water instead of land.

The Pros: the captain, Tim, who has been managing the marina/ working/photographing etc here for decades is very knowledgeable, and did a fantastic job retelling many of the stories he had read and learnt about this region's history, geography, intertwined with his personal experiences. All told in a colorful and animated fashion.

Tim also made every effort to drive the boat (no bathroom, great view due to the open top) at an angle, moving it from bank to bank on its side as we float down the river so passengers sitting on both sides of the boat have good unobstructed angles to take pictures throughout the journey. We took the 2pm boat and the sun was shinning down the river so it was good for photos. On the return journey, he just went straight down the center of the river.

Cons
Honestly, although enamored by the story telling, i think we would have preferred shorter stories. The fire fighting story was so long i began to drift off. The scenery was beautiful, but we were moving extremely slow so he could finish telling the stories. Personally, I would have preferred a longer break so we could maybe explore the interesting trails around the picnic area. we were only given 10 mins at the shore, which after the bathroom break, left no time to do anything.

The gentleman, Richard, was very nice to hold tickets for us when we called as we were still driving on our way to the marina, and the tickets were selling out fast.

The hispanic lady who sold ice cream and hamburger was so sweet. She was so apologetic that i waited very long in line (she was the only one servicing, cooking, cashier) and so she offered me a little bit more ice cream for my wait.

Prices: Seniors: $14
Adults: $16
Kids: 3-17 years old $10
I think its steep for families with kids but i understand why they have to charge for kids as they takes up seating space on the boat.
Written September 19, 2021
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Allison B
Townsend, MT10 contributions
We took the 3rd graders from Townsend on a field trip to the Gates of the Mountains Boat Tours. We had an absolute blast! The captain Brian was engaging, informative, and had a great sense of humor. I highly recommend this beautiful boat trip!
Written May 24, 2022
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schmittie215
Nashville, TN75 contributions
This should be a slam drunk of a boat tour. It's gorgeous! But our boat captain just gave a 2 hour monologue of a tour. Had ear plugs in the whole time. Didn't look at any passengers the whole tour. This annoying child almost fell out of the boat and I don't think he would have noticed. Guide took no questions. Also it was freezing and raining and they made us take the open air boat NOT the enclosed boat. I'm sure because that boat was small and cheaper for gas. But it was 2 cold hours with a poor guide.
Written July 15, 2022
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Christina B
Louisiana2,488 contributions
Couples
Once you line up they give you the choice on which boat you want to ride on. We chose the open top with Carrea (spelling ?) who was great. I enjoyed being able to see everything. There is a roll down overhead cover if needed. People were well spaced out & enjoyed the sunny day. You need a mask to enter, but many took it off once tour started, which was fine. You were not next to strangers. It was a beautiful light breezy day. The views are amazing & Carrea was very informative throughout the whole tour. We saw Lots of Eagles. The open top has a 20 min stop to look around a memorial & hiking area. We really enjoyed our 2 hour tour. Highly recommend. Photos really don’t convey the true size & beauty.
Written August 7, 2020
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Bauman147
Sweetgrass, MT1,561 contributions
Views weren't a spectacular as I anticipated, but the tour was very enjoyable. Lots of history and information about the area.

The Voyager (which has an indoor and outdoor area) doesn't stop; the Sacajawea II does, so if you'd like to make a stop at the park you need to get on the right boat. But they don't run both boats every day all the time in the early and late season, so if you want to get off at the park and make sure you can catch a ride back on another boat, plan on going during the weekends and holidays in July and August (it sounds like they run more boat trips then, so there is more likely to be room.
Written June 29, 2020
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Brian G
Layton, UT72 contributions
Family
This was a total hi light on our trip.
Brian, the boat captain is a great captain,
He makes sure everyone can see all it the sites along the way.
The boat could be up dated the motor was loud and sometimes we were unable to hear the voice over it.
The staff was amazing! Great Stop.
Written July 26, 2020
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Deb R
2 contributions
Friends
Spectacular Missouri River trip. Saw multiple bald eagles and a herd of bighorn sheep down by the water. Norman Maclean who wrote A River Runs Through It, also wrote a book, Young Men and Fire, about the 1949 fire which occurred in this canyon and how it changed how we fight forest fires. We got off the boat to see the memorial to the 12 men who lost their lives fighting the fire. There is also a rose plant that grows on the rocks and it looks like moss. It is found in only three places in the world. Our tour guide was phenomenal.
Written September 5, 2021
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