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Killgore Adventures Hells Canyon Jet Boat Trips & Fishing Trips
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: We are Idaho's #1 outdoor adventure company. We provide scenic whitewater jet boat tours in Hells Canyon, guided fishing & hunting trips, & much more! When you go on a trip with Killgore Adventures, you are traveling with the locals. We are a family owned and operated business and our trips start right in the heart of Hells Canyon right where all the big whitewater begins. Captain Kurt Killgore has been driving jet boats for almost 18 years now, 15 of them commercially with 100% safety rate. Our main trip, the Wild River Tour, is six hours long where you go through the complete wild river section of the Snake River. The trip is 32 miles each way making four key stops and running all the whitewater rapids Hells Canyon has to offer. We go through Granite Creek and Wild Sheep Creek Rapids which are class 4/5 and numerous class 3 rapids along the tour which are exciting for everybody. Check out our video to learn more about the historical stops we make along the way, the lunches we provide our guests, the engines on our boats, and many other common questions our customers ask. We hope you will consider booking one of these exciting trips with us! #killgoreadventures
Useful Information: Stroller parking, Lockers / storage, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed August 20, 2012

My sons and I did a Snake River jet boat tour with KillGore Adventures in August of 2012. I would highly recommend that others do not do this tour. It is not worth the high cost of the tour. It really isn't any more than a boat trip up and then down the river between their dock and Hell's Canyon dam. There is nothing adventuresome about this tour. They make it sound like it is a big adventure similar and even better to white water rafting and it is not. You might get wet, especially on the way back, but that is only because the guide hits the rapids right. There is no adrenaline rush or anything else. The guides didn't seem to know anything. They weren't able to answer questions and they didn't seem to care. They made no effort to do anything out of the ordinary to earn tips. Your stops at so called museums are a joke as well. Nothing more than pit stops. The first museum had some farm implements laying around. Supposedly it was a museum, but the door was locked at the cabin. The guides had no idea what kind of tree was on the grounds. Guides need to be able to answer basic questions. Anyway, avoid this and do something more reasonably priced!

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Reviewed August 20, 2012

Had an amazing ride through Hells Canyon in a jet boat with Killgore Adventures.
The guys (captain and crew) running the trip were great and knew the river like the backs of their hands. Told the history of the river and attractions as we passed them and stopped at a few. Running the rapids was the best part, captain took us through the wildest parts in great style, he knows every rock and channel, what an exciting experience. I am sure that there are other good outfitters in the river but these guys seem to have the edge. From the ride over the mountain to get there, the lunch and ride back, it was worth every cent, thank you.

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Reviewed August 11, 2012

Sitting here after an amazing day on the river at the Killgore's motel facility, realizing life is pretty great. Sound of the creeks babbling in the background, men talking over the good bottle of whiskey we brought with us and I am feeling fat & happy knowing we're the first. First you ask? Yes, we are the first clients to taste Casey's awesome BBQ from the new smoker that has been added to all that is Killgore Adventures. Not only did we get a top-notch lunch on the river but we came back to dinner at the motel by the fire pits with brisket, sausage, pork butt - the works - and that was the appetizer!! The boat ride got us wet - drenched really because we asked for it - and we worked up a wonderful appetite. This meal however is a trial run so you must ask the owner to do this again if you stay here!! I have eaten in some of the best restaurants in the country and this boy's cooking can go head to head with the finest!! Can't say enough good things - not a bad part to this whole adventure. One of our best short vacations yet.

Thank Suzyqcpa
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

This should be a Bucket List thing to do - it was spectacular, exciting and so much fun! The rapids on the return ride were a blast and the captain was superb. He really knows the Snake River and the canyon. My teenager was worried about being bored during the 6 hour trip, but once on the boat she really enjoyed the ride. The Hells Canyon Dam Visitor Center was very interesting as was the ranch we visited along the way. We saw a bighorn sheep and a bald eagle swooped by us. The boxed lunch was quite good and there were plenty of drinks and water for the guests.

Thank Feldspat
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

We were in northern Idaho visiting relatives, and I ran across the Kilgore Adventures website while looking for things to do with our 8 year old. I was a little nervous about booking the trip, as I didn't know what to expect. We were thrilled with our decision! The rapids were tons of fun, and the scenery was amazin. The people at Kilgore Adventures couldn't have been more helpful and nice. From the office staff to the boat captain, everyone that we interacted with was professional, personable and helpful. They really have their act together with the tour. The stops were perfectly planned to give everyone a rest room break and a chance to stretch their legs. They provide drinks and lunch, which was surprisingly good! I never expect much with a "box lunch" (sandwich, etc) but these were ample food and very tasty. I highly recommend Kilgore Adventures for a really great day on the Snake River.

Thank Kim C
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