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Hellgate Jet Boat Excursions in Southern Oregon delivers on family water activities offering an educational experience for families traveling to Crater Lake National Park to learn and have fun.

(TRAVPR.COM) UNITED STATES - June 20th, 2013 - According to a study by the U.S. Travel Association, family travelers, those traveling with either children or grandchildren, make up 30% of U.S. adult leisure travelers. Grandparents traveling with grandchildren represent 7% of U.S. adult leisure travelers. Family travelers take an average of 4.5 trips each year, many cited that they choose destinations based on where friends, family or significant others have decided to travel (32 percent), diversity of activities (31 percent) and accessibility to water (29 percent). 

Vacation spots that combine fun, food and water just may be the ideal type of all-purpose getaway.  But many of them cater to just adults, paying little attention to the needs of the whole family.  There's something special about being on the water and Hellgate Jet Boat Excursions in Grants Pass, Oregon is one destination that wants your children along with you for the ride.  

Opening its 54th  season of catering to multi-generational families, Hellgate Jet Boat Excursions takes families onto the famous Rogue River which snakes its way through the Hellgate Canyon, ducking under bridges, and will amuse you with ducks and beavers along the shore. You will be amazed by the osprey nests and deer breaking through the pine, and astonished by the snakelike bands of varying shades of gold undulating on countless rock formations reflected on the water.   

“We embrace families,” says Robert Hamlyn, Owner of Hellgate Jet Boat Excursions.  “We understand families traveling together have different expectations. Parents and grandparents want the kids to learn and have fun.  While kids don’t want to be bored so we have created a Jetboat ride, that is fun for the whole family.“ 

Kids are weighing in more than ever on what they would like to do on vacation.  According to a recent article published in Conde Nast Traveler, Family Vacation Secrets: What Kids Say They Really Want, kids tell they want meaning, an educational experience, a place very different from home; do something new, take breaks, turn sightseeing into a game, shop and picnic.

Hellgate Jet Boat Excursions delivers on the kid’s want list.  Families come in close proximity with local wildlife and remarkable rock faces carved by the Rogue River for centuries. Everyone will appreciate seeing historic Hellgate Canyon with its sheer 100-foot high cliffs . Upon entering Hellgate Canyon the geological formation of Sentinel Rock comes into view, locally referred to as the Gates of Hell due to high waters back in the early 1930’s. This narrow entrance to the canyon is made of the oldest rock in Oregon-Lizard Rock is another steep and jutting formation that is evidence to the area’s age. The metamorphic rock of Hellgate Canyon is 400 to 100 million years old and the result of tectonic plate movements when Oregon ’s land first began to rise above water. The blend of rock types and colors gives a special glow to the sunlit canyon. The scenery is so beautiful and scenic that it has been used in countless major motion pictures. 


Family-owned Hellgate Jetboat Excursions has operated out of beautiful Grants Pass, Oregon since 1988.  Hellgate’s season runs from May through September and offers guests and groups five different experience packages. Excursion prices range from a $39 two-hour Rogue River tour spanning 36 miles of pristine waters to a $64 five-hour jaw-dropping white water adventure covering 75 miles of Southern Oregon’s most popular waterway.  Reservations are available online through the website:, by calling 800-648-4874 or emailing


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