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Gates of the Mountains, Helena

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  • This was an amazing trip. The knowledgeable crew were laid back and entertaining. The entire trip ( about three hours) was relaxing and enjoyable. This is really well done but if you have active toddl...  more »
  • Our guided boat tour was super our expert guide educated and entertained us durin the whole trip. He was an expert in the geology, history and the flora and fauna. His story about the firefighters tra...  more »
  • This boat tour was one of the highlights of our trip to Montana. We knew a good deal of the Lewis and Clark history, as well as the story of the Mann Gulch fire. Seeing it in person was a once-in-a-li...  more »
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  • Great place to bring the family for a little tour boat ride that takes about 2 hours. You can either sit inside the boat or outside. There is ample seating and a bathroom onboard.
  • This is a two hour boating tour of the Gates of the Mountains Wilderness. It's a good sized boat with a canopy that takes you on a guided tour a few miles up the Missouri River. The captain told us about all of the history of the Native Americans and the experiences of Lewis and Clark. He wove in information about the wildlife and the geology. Perhaps the most historically significant event was the Mann Gulch Fire of 1949, wherein 13 smokejumpers died trying to run from a 70 mph inferno sweeping through the canyon. It is the most studied wildfire and dramatically changed the way they're fought. On our tour, we saw a bald eagle, quite a few osprey and a black bear. The guide mentioned they sometimes see mountain lions and goats. He also pointed out pictographs that were difficult to make out, but explained they were carbon dated at several thousand years old, I believe. It's a pretty nice and informational tour if you're in the Helena area.
  • Great history narration of local area as well as Montana. Otto was our tour guide and captain
  • We came here for the 10am boat ride on June 25 and the aluminum boat they had broke while we were on the water after 20 minutes and we had to return. We waited two hours for the wooden boat, and it also broke down before we could leave. Total waste of our morning because of terribly maintained equipment.
  • This is a stunning boat tour of the gates of the mountain wilderness area. You get to hear some history about the area (including Lewis and Clark's thoughts, stories about various fire fighters, etc), look at some pretty awesome cliff faces, and maybe catch a glimpse of some wildlife. Definitely worth the trip. The tour is accessible to all ages, no strenuous activity involved.

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