Your pilots

Our highly trained Hellgate pilots will give you a narrated historic overview of the region including geographic features and wildlife (like deer, river otters, and bald eagles). Oh, and you’ll also get a tour of historic Hellgate Canyon’s 100-foot-high cliffs made famous by Meryl Streep in River Wild and the cliff-jumping scene in Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid.

bo AKA: Boski

Pilot since 2006

Bo was our pilot and was FANTASTIC! He was funny, knowledgeable, and made the trip memorable. I highly recommend this and can’t wait to do it again!

– S.R. Brownsville, OR

Joel H. AKA: The Kid

Pilot since 2015

It was absolutely amazing!!! Joel was our tour guide…. His personality made the trip. I give him 10 stars!!! Thank you Joel for an amazing unforgettable time!!!

– H.W. Days Creek, OR

Brent AKA: Ice-man

Pilot since 2008

Our Captain was Brent and he was so enjoyable with his narrative of where we were and the sights along the river…. We just enjoyed our trip so much that we want to make plans to do this again next year and do the long ride through the rapids…Thank you for such a great adventure!!!

– C.H. Shady Cove, OR

Donny AKA: Doc

Pilot since 1990

That was the most fun ever! Our captain Donny was so funny and entertaining! Our family really enjoyed it. Will definitely be back soon!!

– C.P. Susanville, CA

Joel G. AKA: TBD

Pilot since 2016

The skipper of our boat was funny, entertaining, informative and positively worth every penny of the trip!!

– R.D. Hillsboro, OR

Johnny AKA: Cat

Pilot since 1987

Awesome! So much fun, loved it! Johnny was our guide and he did an outstanding job! He knew everyone along with the history going down the river, loved it!

– M.M. Petaluma, CA

Craig AKA: Craigy

Pilot since 2002

We had an amazing time. Craig was our pilot, great sense of humor and driver. So many spins, we were soaked by the time our trip ended. This was my son’s first trip, and it was one he will never forget. Thank you.

– M.L. Grants Pass, OR

Brandon AKA: TBD

Pilot since 2017

SO MUCH FUN!! A great trip for sure! Fun tour guides, great scenery. Would totally recommend if you’re in the area. A memorable adventure!!

– C.R. San Luis Obispo, CA


Pilot since 2016

We own three (one quite large) tour companies, so we are not the easiest people to impress. Our captain was LJ and he was amazing, fun, funny, thoughtful and an overall a nice guy. We will be asking for him again! The lunch was good the lunch location was beautiful. Great experience, can’t wait to do it again.

– G.B. Napa, CA

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