Which jet boat trip on Rogue River is better or more scenic, the ones departing from Gold Beach or Grant's Pass?
We have done the ones departing from Grant's Pass several times. The Quck n Scenic Tour is lots of fun. You will see ospry, bald eagles, etc. from this trip. :)
The choice usually depends on one's itinerary - note syrahgirl's Quick n Scenic preference - but if you've got the time, I think the trips from Gold Beach are more scenic. Of course, there are no guarantees of wildlife sightings on either.
Quick and scenic out of Grants Pass is OK if that's all the time you have and your journey has you pretty much confined to the central corridor up I-5.
However, the half and full day trips out of Gold Beach offer a lot more wilderness viewing (and, therefore, a better chance, I think, of not only spotting some wildlife, but being able to fully observe). On our half-day trip we saw a number of bears, river otters, deer, bald eagles, ospreys, etc. Only the longer trip (104 miles?) gets into the upper rapids, but the boat skippers do a few spins now and then to give the kids a thrill and spray water into the faces on the edges of the boats.. Half and all day trips include stops for lunch and/or dinner (cost of meals not included in price of trip).
I have been on both the Gold Beach and the Grants Pass jet boats. I totally enjoyed and go often as I can, the Hellgate JetBoat ride that loads near the Riverside hotel in Grants Pass.. We get a room there as well and watch the boats on their return to relive the trip. It's fun.
Hellsgate Canyon is rugged and beautiful. I think the guides are more fun on this ride. The guides seem to be more playful. They have a dinner ride where you stop on the way back and have a buffet. All you can eat and drink.
Quick and Scenic is a description of the Hellgate Jet Boats. I just Googled it..
Enjoy which ever one you choose.
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We have done both. From Gold Beach we took the half day tour. From GP we went as far as Hellgate. Did not realize there was an option to go further. so we missed any whitewater. on both trips.
I liked the GB one better because you really do get into the canyon away from the roads. and you are in a forest much of trip.
What time of year is this? Does the weather matter?
Grants Pass is fiercely hot in the summer, often over 100º. Gold Beach will be cool and pleasant (sometimes foggy if you opt for the early morning start), then you reach warmer and sunnier temps inland, then return to the cool beach.
Perhaps if you would like to give us the itinerary of the rest of your trip, we might be able to figure out which one would be a better fit for you :-)
Thanks for the help with the jetboats. We could do either as we're coming for 3 weeks on July 15. Start in Portland, then go to Astoria and drive down the coast to Crescent City. Looping through Grant's pass & up to Columbia Gorge.
alahal, with that trip plan I vote for Gold Beach and full day. Easy choice for me when you are going by both. A couple of miles above Agness you are really in a wilderness river section.
get a reservation at some point. I would plan two nights in GB
I've done both boat rides and enjoyed them both. Actually, we did both on the same trip, plus a hot air ballon ride. That was the most fun! We drove down to Grants Pass and did the evening dinner trip with Hellgate --it was really HOT, but the guides worked hard to see that we got wet enough to cool off. (If you are in the middle and complain about not getting wet the guide will cool you off with a water cannon). We loved the supper--if you go away hungry, it's nobody's fault but your own.
Next morning early we took off from the Grants Pass High School field in the hot air balloon. That was fantastic!
We then drove on south to Crescent City and back up to Gold Beach where we took the early morning boat trip. It was really chilly when we started out, we had on our warm coats, but by the time we got to Agness for lunch it had warmed up and was really quite pleasant.
I guess I would rate the Grants Pass trip as more fun, but the Gold Beach trip as more scenic.