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(TRAVPR.COM) USA - April 21st, 2013 - Families who travel together reap a lot of benefits: better health, reduced stress, renewed bonds and shared memories. Whether traveling a long distance for an extended trip or staying closer to  home for a long weekend, spring break is the perfect opportunity for families to escape their daily routines of work, school, homework, chores, practices and carpools, and have some good old-fashioned fun. Hellgate JetBoat Excursions offers families a sure-fire plan to get rid of the doldrums:  

1. Gain a new perspective from Mother Nature: You’ll view old floodwater marks on the narrow heights above.Close-ups of remarkable rock shapes carved by the river’s hydraulics will fascinate you as a variety of native plants and deer, river otter, osprey and bald eagles flying overhead, guarding nests or perched on high branches surround you.Your friendly and informative guide will advise you on geological and historical points of interest.After a scenic 2-hour, 36-mile round trip from Grants Pass  through Hellgate Canyon , guests feel nature’s calming effect kick in.

2. Learn something new to spark creativity: View old floodwater marks on the narrow heights above.Close-ups of remarkable rock shapes carved by the river’s hydraulics will fascinate you as a variety of native plants and animals surround you.Your friendly and informative guide will advise you on geological and historical points of interest.A guided tour of Hellgate Canyon  provides the chance to learn about the area’s rich history and geology in a beautiful setting. Who knows what ideas might be triggered by a visit to where John Wayne and Katherine Hepburn filmed “Rooster Cogburn” and Matt Dillon plunged into the depths to escape a gang in hot pursuit in “Gunsmoke” or with 100-foot-high cliffs made famous for the cliff-jumping scene in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”.

3. Pump up the adrenaline: Get the heart pumping as you navigate your way through some of the Rogue’s better white water rapids.Unlike most thrill rides, Hellgate Jetboat Excursions will jet over just inches of water, to the very edge of the Rogue’s restricted section.Here, you’ll turn around and head back again through the white water rapids for a repeat performance of this unforgettable experience.

4.Get in touch with your mechanical side:See why your boat has shallow draft, loads of power, and no propeller!Pushed by the hydro-jet drive's water spray, you’ll jet over just inches of water, jet boat pilots control the speed and you feel the boat's angular bow thrust into a huge standing wave, which rises over the craft and hangs above like a raincloud for a second before purging itself.

5. Yuck it up: Laughter really is the best medicine. Throw in a few surprises and a scream or two, and see why Hellgate Jetboat Excursions draws nearly 85,000 people every season.

6. Take out frustrations with a little healthy competition in an Old West setting, jet boat pilots can help get everyone laughing as they entertain you and make sure that no one comes back dry.

7. Break bread together: Talk about the day over a meal. What was each family member’s favorite part? What did they learn? What was the funniest thing that happened? Share a country meal at  the O.K. Corral an old homestead, for an all-you-can-eat country banquet and create memories for the familyto share. First, you’ll begin with the relish tray, then tossed green salad with their  famous homemade honey-mustard dressing.Piping hot homemade corn bread and ranch-hand biscuits accompany their own country-style barbecued ribs and chicken, plus fresh vegetables and  ranch potatoes.Topped off with dessert and accompanied by beer, wine, iced tea, lemonade, coffee or hot tea, soon you’ll be crying“Enough!

Or experience their weekend Champagne Brunch Excursion with fresh fruit platters, champagne, cider, juice and piping hot coffee get you started. An ample country meal of ranch-hand biscuits  and gravy, light and fluffy scrambled eggs, seasoned country potatoes, locally made pork sausage and thick crispy bacon is topped off with fragrant homemade coffee cake.

8. Start planning: Now’s the time for a family time-out. Numerous studies have shown the benefits of travel: travelers rate their health higher while on vacation and report that they sleep better  upon return; employees are more creative and productive after a vacation; and couples who travel together strengthen their relationships.

Hellgate JetBoat Excursion’s mission is to make people smile — so the employees are dedicated to helping families have a good time —and it’s affordable, which can often generate a smile. The  five excursions run from May to September with trips starting at $39.00 for adults and $26.00 for children (children under 3 are free).

Your Hellgate Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner Jetboat Excursion will stop at the expansive and extraordinary OK Corral. Located 18 miles west of Grants Pass , you will find relaxing in their open-air  river view restaurant a wonderful treat.Completely renovated in 2005,the OK Corral was designed to include natural elements of its surroundings, including hand-hewn logs, cascading waterfalls  and delightfully restorative views. Perched high above the river, as their guest, you choose whether you stroll up the easy path from your jetboat or take the “Hellgate Jetboat Excursions Taxi.” (A  tractor and trailer decked out for our guests) Either way, they make it easy for your experience at the OK Corral to be a memorable one.

Conveniently located From I-5 Exit 58:Go south on 6th St 2.5 miles, through city center, watching for Hellgate office on the right (1 block) past “M” St. From I-5 Exit 55:This will put you onto the  Grants Pass Parkway .Continue 1.3 miles to “M” Street, turn right.Then turn left onto 6th St and watch for the Hellgate office on the right hand side.

Hellgate JetBoat Excursions is located in scenic Southern Oregon and offers a one-of-a-kind river adventure. Some attractions are seasonal. Ideal setting for groups and birthday parties. Guests  can visit hellgate.comor call 800-648-4874, for more information.

More information about the benefits of travel is available from the U.S. Travel Association.

About Hellgate JetBoat Excursions

Family-owned Hellgate Jetboats Excursions has operated out of beautiful Grants Pass , Oregon since 1988. Choose an adventure for the whole family this summer. Get out and experience the wild and scenic Rogue River with the Pacific Northwest 's premiere river trip. Reservations are available online through the website:, or by calling 800-648-4874 or emailing  Located at 966 SW 6th Street , Grants Pass , OR 97526 ,Local Phone: (541) 479-7204 Fax: (541) 479-0051


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