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      Hells Canyon Jet Boat Tours


      As some of the most experienced river runners in Hells Canyon, the crew at Killgore Adventures garners a lot of attention. With Hells Canyon jet boat tours running throughout the year, we’ve built a name for ourselves as the #1 adventure company in Idaho. But to those in the know, the real adventure in Hells Canyon lies below the surface of the water.

      The Salmon River and the Snake River are the sites of some of the best fishing in North America. The depth of the canyon, paired with the massive waterways running through it ensures that fish of all sizes and types have plenty of room to grow and roam. Steelhead, trout, and bass can be found at the end of nearly every line. Renowned angler, Carter Andrews, is traveling to Hells Canyon in pursuit a much bigger catch, however.

      Beneath the rapids of the river lie sturgeon. Massive, ancient, and almost otherworldly, these titans of the deep are some of the most spectacular parts of the Hells Canyon environment. They also make for truly impressive “big fish” stories. Carter knows that the best way to catch one for himself is to pair up with Kurt and the team at Killgore Adventures.


      National Geographic has produced a six-episode series featuring Carter Andrews as he travels around the world in pursuit of some of the greatest fish out there. Legendary Catch will also explore local fishing customs and culture, highlighting that the activity can truly unite people of all backgrounds.

      The series begins in Hells Canyon when Andrews partners with the Killgore crew. In pursuit of the giant White Sturgeon, Andrews and Killgore will put their skills to the test in order to reel in these fish that average 7 to 12 feet in length.


      There are few more inspired by the art of fishing than Carter “Big Boy” Andrews. From his days as a young man fishing in the rivers and streams of Tennessee to his fishing adventures all over the globe, Andrews has been solely focused on fishing for as long as he can remember. More than just an avid angler, Andrews is a world-class fishing guide, taking groups to more than 15 different countries to catch amazing fish both fresh and saltwater.


      If you’ve ever been on one of our amazing river adventures, you already know who Captain Kurt Killgore is. But for those who are just meeting him for the first time on Legendary Catch, you might need a more formal introduction. An outdoorsman through and through, Killgore grew up in the Hells Canyon region, spending his time explore its mountain peaks and rivers. With more than 20 years of experience leading whitewater and jet boat trips up and down the Wild River sections of Hells Canyon, and with countless hours spent on both the Snake and Salmon Rivers, Killgore knows the area like the back of his hand. It was only natural then for Andrews and Killgore to team up to catch one of the largest fish in North America.


      Ready to see Kurt and Carter go after the mighty sturgeon? Want to see the show for yourself? Legendary Catch starts its limited six-episode run this Friday, March 15, at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Tune in to the National Geographic channel, and on the very first episode of the series, you’ll be thrilled to see Captain Kurt Killgore and his crew on their impressive jet boats!

      To start off this brand-new series, Kurt and Andrews will put their skills to the test. Fishing fans and river runners alike will love this new series and this episode in particular. Make sure you tune in to catch all the action, then watch the series unfolded every week on Nat Geo.


      Not one to live vicariously through others? Why not experience the rush of a Hells Canyon river adventure for yourself! Killgore Adventures offers fishing adventures so you can go after a sturgeon for yourself. Or, you can blast through the immense rapids of the Wild River section of the canyon on one of our premier jet boat tours. We also offer whitewater rafting excursions for those looking to get up close and personal with the river. Book your tour now!


      One of the most appealing parts of traveling through the Hells Canyon region of Idaho is the chance to see some truly incredible wildlife. Here Killgore Adventures, it’s common for us to focus on what lies beneath the waters of the Salmon and Snake Rivers. But despite being avid fisherman, we’re always looking up and around as we travel on our jet boats, trying to spy some of the many fauna that live in the canyon. Depending on the time of the season you’ll find any number of exotic animals that are so iconic here in the American West.

      If you’re looking for an unforgettable wildlife sightseeing opportunity there’s no better way to do it then with Idaho’s #1 adventure company, Killgore Adventures. Let’s learn a little bit more about the animals that call Hells Canyon home.


      As you travel along the Snake River keep your eye out for Canada geese. At this time of the year, they’re mating, nesting, brooding, and raising their chicks. You’ll also see a variety of other waterfowl participating in the same activities during the season including a variety of ducks. Indeed, this time of the year in Hells Canyon is a veritable paradise for birdwatchers. The brilliant melodies of songbirds fill the canyon. Keeping your eyes to the skies will help you see birds like red-eyed vireo, veery thrushes, yellow-breasted chats, and MacGillivray’s warbler.

      A quick glance along the river’s edge may result in the sighting of one of the many amphibians that live near the Salmon and Snake Rivers. Boreal toads cough and grown along the bank and Pacific tree frogs clamor throughout the branches high above them.


      From June to August is perhaps the best time for animal lovers to visit Hells Canyon. At the beginning of the season, you’ll see some of the region’s  larger fauna, including deer, elk, and bighorn sheep as they work their way from the lower valley of the canyon to the higher summer ranges. At this time of the year, you may even see elk with their young calves as they move along the river, finding delicious reeds to eat. Coyotes patrol the canyon well great horned owls can be heard flying overhead at night.

      For those with a keen eye and just a little bit of luck, you may just find a group of river otters playing in Hell’s Canyon in the month of June. Soaring above them are any number the flying animals from the bird and mammal families. For those with great night vision, you may see the miniscule Western pipistrelle bat floating above your campsite trying to eat all the mosquitoes and bugs. During the day you’ll see Nighthawks and common snipes.


      Animal watching in Hell’s Canyon during the fall and winter seasons is one of the most dynamic times of the year. As animal settle down for the harsh Idaho winters, their habits change as does their food sources. This is an excellent time to see huge groups of elk, deer, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats working their way along the river’s lower trail systems.

      At this time, many birds are moving their way south, migrating to warmer climates. However, the Snake River is a great place to view impressive numbers of wintering bald eagles. Drawn to Hells Canyon by the immense rivers, these bald eagles use the river as an endless supply of fish, which keeps them healthy and strong all season long. You might catch a glimpse of the elusive Clark’s Nutcracker that flocks to the region during the winter.


      It’s safe to say that no matter the time of the year you come to visit us here at Hells Canyon, a trip with Killgore Adventures is far more impressive than a simple visit to your local zoo. If you’re looking for a truly unforgettable way to experience the wildlife of Idaho, consider signing up for one of our world-famous jet boat tours. We’ll take you up and down the most scenic parts of both the Salmon and Snake Rivers ensuring that you get to see the region’s finest wildlife. Book your jet boat tour of Hells Canyon today.


      One of the best parts of going on an adventure, be it a trip to a National Park, through Hells Canyon, or simply to a new part of town, is sharing the stories later. Thanks to modern technology, there are more ways to share your stories than ever! When you take a trip, you can record your story in any number of ways. But if you’re looking for something a little different than the classic photo collage, why not keep some of these ideas in mind.


      Keeping a running record of your experiences is a great way to not only remember what you did but how you felt while you were doing it. Journals are nice to look back on because they offer you insights into your expeditions in your own words. You’ll find that when you read through your old adventure journals, you’ll be instantly transported back to the places you were in while you were writing.

      If you’re on a jet boat or multi-day whitewater rafting tour of Hells Canyon, you might not think that journaling would be all that practical. After all, water and paper don’t mix, right? Fortunately, there are a few brands that now offer waterproof writing paper, making it easy to jot down notes or write the next great American novel even as you’re getting soaked in a class 3 rapid.


      Not even 20 years ago, bringing a video camera out on your adventures might not have been practical. For road warriors taking trips in the family minivan, it might have been a staple, but for those scaling mountain cliffs or blasting down rivers in rafts, the idea of dropping a camera would often mean the device was left at home.

      But as the outdoor adventure industry has expanded, so too has the field of adventure-ready cameras. The most notable, of course, is GoPro, but you’ll find any number of competitors. These small cameras shoot high-quality video and can be outfitted with robust, and most importantly, waterproof cases. That means you can mount them to the front of your raft or on the handle of your paddle and catch some amazing footage. The dropping prices on these cameras means that it’s more affordable than ever to record your adventure on video.


      Perhaps not as popular as journaling or video, audio recordings of adventures do have their place. Thanks to the proliferation of podcasts, it’s not unusual to see someone out on a trip with a microphone in hand. You can capture the sounds of the places you explore, which isn’t always recreated faithfully through writing or video. You can also record your running commentary of the experience.


      Early explorers would often bring an artist with them to create visual reminders of their experiences. Artists like Thomas Moran were an integral part of making the early National Parks a reality, as their art was the only way to convey the immense palette of colors found in nature. The black and white photos of the time simply didn’t do these spaces justice.

      While cameras have largely replaced pen and paper for capturing the visual essence of a place, there’s something to be said for engaging with an adventure through this medium. The next time you go out, bring a sketch pad and pencil, or some paper and watercolors. You might find you better express your feelings and reactions to beautiful places like Hells Canyon through art rather than photos or writing.


      The truth is, there’s no wrong way to record your adventures. You can try anything from the list above, or simply form lasting memories. That’s the beauty of adventure; you can experience it on your own terms.

      Here at Killgore Adventures, we offer the opportunity to go on some truly unforgettable trips. With ATV rentals, whitewater rafting, jet boat tours, and more, we can help you experience the best parts of Hells Canyon, Idaho. Check out our tours and trips then book yours today!


      Here on the Killgore Adventures blog, we outline a lot of different ways to make the most of your jet boat tour of Hells Canyon. We’ve reviewed wildlifefishing strategieshow to use our jet back service, and more. But we haven’t spent a lot of time discussing how to care for yourself while you travel down the Snake and Salmon Rivers.

      Perhaps the greatest challenge our customers face while traveling with us, whether it’s on a jet boat tour or a whitewater rafting trip, is keeping their skin safe from the sun. That’s why we’re going to outline a few ways you can follow to keep your skin free from burns.


      This is the most obvious measure, and the most common. Start by choosing a broad spectrum sunblock that keeps you safe from UVA, UVB, and UVC rays. Then, choose a sunblock that has an adequate SPF rating. The effectiveness of a block is measured by a comparison of how long it takes your skin to burn without it. So if you get a sunburn after 30 mins of sun exposure, an SPF 15 block means that it will take 15 times longer for you to burn.

      So, for our outdoor adventures, a stronger SPF sunscreen, at least 30 or above is best. IF your skin is naturally pale or very sensitive, you may need to use SPF 50 or stronger.

      Make sure to apply sunscreen generously. Putting on too thin a layer, or missing spots on your body doesn’t do you any good. Make sure to hit often forgotten spots like ears, face, front and back of the neck, and the bottom of your nose. Given that our tours are in the sun for most of the day and expose you to water, you’ll need to reapply your sunscreen frequently. Plan on reapplying at least every two hours.


      Another easy way to avoid getting burned is to dress appropriately for the weather. While many of us start to shed layers when the sun comes out, wearing the right clothes can protect your skin. Rather than choosing shorts and a tank top, look for long-sleeved shirts and pants that are made from lightweight, moisture wicking materials. In many cases, outdoor brands offer a line of clothing that is specifically designed to be worn in the sun and is as effective, if not more so than 50 SPF sunblock.

      The advantage of wearing sun-specific clothing is that you don’t have to keep track of when to reapply sunscreen. For as long as you wear it, it’s effective. This is also the case for other accessories like wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses. These do a great job of protecting the skin on your face and head.


      This is sometimes easier said than done but is still quite possible on our tours. Our jet boats have an integrated awning that covers the cabin of the boat. It does a great job of keeping most of the sun off your skin while we’re traveling without interrupting your views of the canyon. Off the boat, however, you can use items like shades and umbrellas to keep the sun at bay.


      Once you’ve retreated out of the sun, it’s important to offer your skin the care it needs. If you got burned, you can use aloe vera soothes your skin, keeping you from scratching it and irritating it further. Eat a meal that’s rich in antioxidants and vitamin A. Snacks like nuts, seeds, avocados, and dark fruits are packed full of these essential vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids that are vital to restoring your skin and keeping it healthy and strong.


      Grab your sunblock and hat and climb aboard! It’s time to explore the best that Hells Canyon, Idaho has to offer. Join river outfitters at Killgore Adventures, Idaho’s #1 adventure company, for a ride that you won’t believe. Our jet boats will take you up and down the most amazing rapids in the Snake and Salmon Rivers. Book your spot today!


      Did you know that many of Idaho visitors “Make the Loop”; The National Park Vacation Loop and see all three National Parks on the same trip.

      You can start at Yellowstone, then drive over to Western Idaho to Hells Canyon, which is the Deepest Gorge in North America, (deeper that the Grand Canyon) for a Wild River Jet Boat Tour with Hells Canyon Jet Boat Trips & Lodging,  then, back to Montana’s Glacier National Park for more explorations. Or, you can start at Glacier National Park, then Yellowstone and on to Hells Canyon. Many of our  guests “Make the National Park Loop” and take in Glacier, Yellowstone and Hells Canyon on the same trip…Please call us if you would like more information about our area and Hells Canyon, the deepest gorge in North America.   800 469 8757

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