WELCOME TO PORTLAND, OREGON

OUR community

OUR community

As a member of the downtown Portland community for over 25 years and long-standing OMSI neighbor, we are proud to be a part of a river front community that provides so much nature, education and history. Year after year, we look forward to building and retaining long term relationships with local businesses and organizations to give back to the programs and projects that impact our daily lives.

OUR family

OUR family

We are a family run business. Willamette Jetboat Excursions is now part of a second-generation family business that has proudly offered over a million visitors a journey through history and memories that last a lifetime with our sister company Hellgate Jetboat Excursions, in Grants Pass, Oregon. We love being a part of the community and what each uniquely beautiful region has to offer, so we take pride in presenting an experience that can be enjoyed by all ages. As owners, our goal is to provide a memorable experience for families and friends to enjoy.

OUR history

OUR history

Established in 1997, Willamette Jetboat Excursions was launched as the first company offering jetboat tours on the Willamette River. As of 2022 it has officially joined the family; with our sister company Hellgate Jetboat Excursions which was launched in 1959, and Sacramento Jetboat Excursions which launched in 2019.

Hellgate Jetboat Excursions was one of the first ever jetboat companies in the United States. Robert Hamlyn originally started operating jet boats in 1986 with Rogue Jetboat Excursions; which is now owned in conjunction with, and is more widely known as Hellgate Jetboat Excursions. Hellgate Jetboat Excursions currently operates as the Pacific Northwest’s #1 River Trip!

For 60 years Hellgate Jetboat Excursions has earned a reputation of safety, professionalism and customer service, which is centric to its values. Mr. Hamlyn’s passion to share the beauty of the Rogue River has provided over a million people the opportunity to visit and enjoy this special area. The jetboats also provide a safe and comfortable ride for people who normally could not enjoy this natural resource and wildlife due to physical or other limitations. Guests ride in the custom Jetboats, built by Katanacraft. Visitors enjoy breathtaking views and a unique river experience that showcases the natural beauty of the Sacramento River.

As part of our mission, Willamette Jetboat Excursions prides itself on its commitment to the environment by not only operating responsibly, but actively working to enhance the scenic beauty through river clean-ups, and protect the environment by continually setting new industry standards. As a second-generation family business, Willamette Jetboat Excursions will proudly continue the legacy of being the safe and fun way to enjoy the river for families from all over the world and create memories that last a lifetime.