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“Captain Jim is a great captain!”

Gates of the Mountains
Ranked #2 of 48 things to do in Helena
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Owner description: Just north of Helena on the Missouri River.
Glenpool, Oklahoma
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Captain Jim is a great captain!”
Reviewed August 12, 2012

The entire boat ride was narrated by a professional. Captain Jim told us that this is his summer job, and that he is a middle school teacher. How I wish that he were my middle school teacher some 40 years ago! Jim gave us information about not only the history of the region, but scientific information as well. The boat ride was enjoyable in all ways. The beauty of the canyon was shown to us from every angle. When wildlife was spotted, Jim turned the boat 360 degrees so that all on the boat could see. The cost of the tour was very inexpensive compared to other boat tours that we have taken on the Great Lakes, or other history tours. If you have an interest in American History, and are in the Helena area, check out this tour. If Captain Jim is your captain, you will leave with an appreciation of that area that you did not have before you came there.

Visited August 2012
3 Thank oilton28
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Halifax, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
283 reviews
110 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“Lovely, informative boat tour”
Reviewed August 9, 2012

We really enjoyed this boat tour, partly due to the relatively low cost and the information provided, along with the beautiful scenery.

Visited July 2012
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Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Feel like Lewis and Clark!”
Reviewed August 1, 2012

The Gates of the Mountains boat tour was a last minute decision for my family. We have 7 kids (8 months - 14yrs) and they absolutely loved it. The Captain of our boat was phenomenal and the unique canyon tour was fascinating. A great way to spend 2 hours near Helena travelling in Lewis and Clark's footsteps!

Visited July 2012
2 Thank Frank O
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Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed July 26, 2012

We rented a pontoon boat for a family of 14 people and floated from one end to the other. It was absolutely beautiful! We stopped along the way at one of the lodges so the little kids could have a potty break and we ended up having drinks and a meal. So surreal being there...and the children thought the pontoon boat ride was as good as a trip to Disneyland. Fun Family idea...

Visited August 2011
1 Thank chatwizme
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Lacombe, Alberta, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A relaxing and informative boat ride”
Reviewed June 21, 2012

This was one of the best boat rides I have taken. This trip was a fantastic value for the extremely reasonable price. It was worth double. The guide was extremely informative about Montana history and natural history, including bird identification. The trip goes downstream for about an hour and fifteen or twenty minutes at a very leisurely pace. The captain/guide frequently turns the vessel around so all passengers can get a great view. At the "Gates of the Mountains," so named by Meriweather Lewis the boat returns at a somewhat faster, but still enjoyable pace.

Visited June 2012
4 Thank janm60
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