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“"Great" Wild River Tour”

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: Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Stroller parking, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Reviewed June 23, 2013

The 6 hour Wild River Tour through Hells Canyon on the Snake River should be on your "Bucket List" and Killgore Adventures would be our recommendation for the trip.

Killgore is a first class family owned and operated business. They are friendly, knowledgeable and professional. The boat was top notch.

We stayed in the RV facilities but they also have a row of nice motel units. There are nice clean restrooms and a laundry room.

The trip up the river and back takes you through class 3-5 rapids and Kurt navigates this river perfectly in the 36' jet boat. He is very knowledgeable about the area and shares this with you. There are stops going up and back at historical sites that also include bathroom breaks. They serve a great cold lunch at the dam site stop and you have time to tour the visitor center at the dam. There is also a stop on the way back to allow swimming for those who want to get out on the sandy stretch of beach and cool off.

Wildlife abounds in the canyon and Kurt tries to show you as much as he can. We saw Bighorn Sheep, Bear, Deer, Bald Eagle and a coyote plus other smaller birds and animals.

We have taken other jet boat trips in different areas through the years, including Alaska, but this was the best overall experience that we have had

Thank Cliff M
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

If you want a chance to see a wild river safely and comfortably, take this tour. We took the Hell's canyon tour and were not disappointed. At $175.00, it is a lot for a family of four, but is worth the once in a lifetime experience. The tour starts you out in the canyon and not through farmland. The people were nice to deal with and honest in their opinions and actions. Kurt did a great job on the 36 foot boat and was informative and knowledgeable of the area. We went over the Class 3 rapids like they were smooth water and the Class 4-5 rapids were achieved without difficulty. I felt completely safe at all times. We saw a ram and ewe bighorn sheep and an eagle. There were enough stops for bathrooms and seeing historical sites to make the trip comfortable. The lunch was a very good sandwich, macaroni salad and cookie and had plenty to drink. The half day wild river tour was really enough, don't think I would have wanted much longer. An experience well worth the time. We took the shuttle and I decided it was well worth the $20.00/per person cost since the road is rather narrow and can be tricky. I could have driven it, but was very glad we did not. No complaints at all.

Thank DanToledo
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

We spent 3 days with the atv group from Killgore Adventures. We had 2 great rides. We saw a lot of area and had some great rides. The staff are all very pleasent to deal with. The BBQ/potluck was great at the end of the ride.

The only reason this isn't a 5 is because we were at the tail end of the group. The leader started the break when he arrivied at the break stops. The breaks should have started when the sweeper arrivied.

the ride seem to be challanging enough for experianced riders. But beginners could keep up.

We will be back. All in our party(6 riders total from spokane Wa) had great fun and enjoyed the people.

Thank ted t
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

The tour was absolutely fabulous. It takes up the entire day, though - but a complete cold lunch is included and served at Hells Canyon Dam, the destination. You go by car (or their shuttle) 17 mi of hair-rising gravel road to park at Pittsburg Landing, where the boat tour starts. Kurt navigated the rapids perfectly, one of them category four thanks to high water level in September, downriver everybody in front of the boat got soaked in the "green room wave". The stops on the way were perfectly timed and provided interesting examples of former days' life in the canyon. Explanations were provided by Kurt when appropriate. A bear was sighted close by. All in all a memorable, well-organized experience. Once in the canyon, Indian petroglyphs next to the Pittsburg Landing parking lot are worth a visit. Not much of painters' talent there, but they are right next to the road.The motel and campground they provide in White Bird is right next to the Salmon River, a peaceful location and convenient for the early start of the tour. Dinner can be had the night before in White Bird. Alternatively, there is a Super 8 in nearby Grangeville (30 min).

1  Thank carolinagotohell
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

The jet boat tour was absolutely amazing and definitely the highlight of our trip. We experienced some pretty great rapids the day we went and the guide was friendly and knowledgeable - it's unfortunate that other reviews didn't have a similar experience.

We stayed at their 6-unit motel for 2 nights and found it to be clean, quiet and comfortable. I would also recommend paying the small fee for transportation from the motel/office to the launch sight for the jet boat tour - it's a rather confusing and precarious road that we were happy to have navigated by someone who knew where they were going.

The scenery along the Snake River was gorgeous - go! - you won't be disappointed!

Thank badgergirl75
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