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Gates of the Mountains, Helena

4.6
#1 of 11 in Parks in Helena
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  • We took some friends from out of state on this wonderful boat ride. They very much enjoyed as well as we did. This was our second time and will go again as you never know what wildlife you might see. ...  more »
  • 2hr trip for $14ea/senior. Gorgeous scenery and exceptional explanations of all aspects of what you're looking at. XXX on the bucket list  more »
  • If you're like me, you can be a bit skeptical of reviews on line. But this one seemed to be overwhelmingly positive. So we bit the bullet and booked way ahead on line to be sure we could do it on the ...  more »
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  • My family of 20 went of this tour and it was great. We had little kids that were entertained the entire 2 hour trip. There were a lot of breath taking views. The best part was the tour guide was very knowledgeable about the river and told many stories and showed us many cool things along the river. We got to see several bald eagles on the river and their nest. The boat is nice and safe. They have a bathroom on board and drinking water as well. Overall a great way to visit Montana.
  • This tour was the highlight of my trip to Helena. This area has such a rich history. On my tour, I saw great geological features, wild life (varieties of birds), and even cave paintings. The guide was a great storyteller, although he focused a lot of his time on the fire section. There was a 15 minute stop at the picnic area where we were free to walk around and take in the sights. I would definitely recommend this to anyone!
  • This is a wonderful trip down the Missouri with beautiful scenery, knowledgeable guides and a lot of information about the history, wildlife, and environment of the area. The admission price is a great value for a two hour tour. One word of caution in terms of scheduling: there are two boats, an older wooden boat, The Sacajewa, which is uncovered so u get wonderful 360 views. I am sure it gets quite hot in the midday and early evening hours. Those who have difficulty and those with small children may want to consider the second boat which is new and has a small back deck with seating for 25-30 (?) and a covered area with cushioned seating, air conditioning and sliding windows. It is great for comfort and the interior area seems safer for small, inquisitive children. However, it is a photographer’s nightmare: if you get this boat’s time slot, be sure to get there early if u want a seat without obstruction in every direction. Even window seats have partial window or support beams in the way. On the positive side, the captain does 360 turns at prime spots so everyone gets a view, but when the eagles and ospreys soared above us, the view was obscured by the overhead panels. Still worth the trip, but if u want a lot of great photos, might consider renting your own fishing boat.
  • The boat tour is awesome. The captain of the boat has been doing this tour for over 40 years and sure tells all the good stories. Great way to get away for the day and see bald eagles and wild life.
  • If you are visiting Helena, this is a MUST! Absolutely gorgeous. The boat ride is entertaining thanks to the cool boat guy. He'll give you some history on the lake and mountains. The tickets are reasonably priced as well.
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