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Jetboat Explorer — Bigfoot Adventure Cruises in Oregon

The Explorer Jetboat

Explorer cruises are an adventure-style experience traveling at speeds up to 45 miles per hour. You are welcome to bring food and drink on board. The Explorer is an open-air boat and not climate controlled; please dress for weather. Although the boat is covered, there is an uncovered deck in the back. Please note that river conditions vary and may result in frequent, sustained turbulent motion along with varied weather. The boat is not wheelchair accessible. There is a bathroom on board.

Bigfoot Explorer Adventure Cruise

Can you find Bigfoot?

Spectacular vistas. One thrilling ride.

Explore history and lore of Bigfoot while exploring 80 miles of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers from Portland to Multnomah Falls aboard the Explorer high speed boat. This tour includes narration from Cliff Barackman (featured on "Animal Planet") and a live tour guide. Enjoy curated information about the legend of Bigfoot and the history of the Columbia Gorge on this exhilarating, informative journey.

    July – August
    Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
    9 am - 12:30 pm & 1:30 pm - 5 pm

    Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
    9 am - 12:30 pm

    Departure Point:
    Caruthers Landing Dock
    110 SE Caruthers St.
    Portland, OR 97214
    Returns to same dock.

    Adults From $64
    Child (up to 12) From $56
    *Not recommended for small children.

    We offer discounts for groups of 8 or more.
    Prices for all cruises are subject to change. Displayed prices do not include tax.

    Customer Testimonials

    "Just wanted to express my thanks for a wonderful trip “searching for Big Foot” today. My 11-year-old grandson & I really enjoyed the adventure and Farah, crew & Mike, the Captain went out of their way to make sure it was all that the trip was advertised to be. The weather was perfect, the listening devices were excellent & all the added bits of information, besides the recorded parts by Cliff Barackman, made it a great day. Even though I’ve lived in Portland for over 50 years I saw & learned things from the river level that made the trip worthwhile."
    - Carolyn Rundorff

    "Everyone should do the “Bigfootin on a Jet-Boat” Cryptozoology Expedition with the Portland Spirit. Very educational with eye-witness statements and factual evidence, including plaster cast footprints. Personally, I have my own journal of experiences in the Herman Creek area, with several different footprints photos and other bigfoot encounters like smelling and hearing our local celebrity, and I was with several other witnesses each time. This expedition was very validating to my 10 years of Sasquatch journaling!"
    - Debbie Lorang

    About the Boat

    For safety and comfort, guests should be in good health and without conditions that could be aggravated by motion. Please consult your doctor prior to booking a cruise on the Explorer if you have a health concern.

    • Capacity: 35 passengers
    • 40 feet long
    • Travels at speeds up to 45 MPH
    • Canopy top with zip down windows
    • On board restroom
    • Bench seating with comfortable cushions

    Christmas Ships Jetboat Cruises

    The vessel Gambler, part of the Christmas ships fleet

    2022 marks the 69th year for the Christmas Ship Parade on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers in Portland, Oregon. The Christmas Ship Fleet cruises between both rivers offering the Portland area thrilling Christmas time parades. The Portland tradition that started with one decorated boat and is now a volunteer organization that features dozens each season. The privately owned vessels come from Portland, Vancouver, McMinnville, Salem and Hood River areas. Some of the boat owners have been part of Christmas tradition for more than 30 years. Join Portland Spirit to make this your holiday tradition!

    Explorer "Sleigh Rides on the Water"

    Be a part of the parade! This hour and a half cruise complete with hot chocolate, cookies and plenty of blankets for all will take you up close to Portland's Christmas Ship Parade.

    December 5th - 7th, 9th, 14th - 18th & 20th - 21st
    7 pm - 8:30 pm
    Boarding: 6:45 pm

    Starting from $56 per Adult; From $50 per Child (0-12)
    $50/person for groups of 10 or more passengers

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