Portland, Oregon
Travel By Jet-Boat

The Explorer Jet-Boat is a 40 foot powerhouse, with over 900 horsepower and traveling up to 40 miles per hour!

Spectacular Views

Scenery from Portland to The Columbia Gorge, including: Beacon Rock, Vista House, Bonneville Locks and Dam, Bridge of the Gods, and more.

Fully Narrated Tour

Narration from Cliff Barackman and a live tour guide. Enjoy curated Information about Bigfoot and the history of the Columbia Gorge.

See the Landmarks!

This 140 mile trip is sure to give an experience like no other, enjoy seeing bridges and landmarks in a way you have never experienced before!

Bonneville Dam

We are the only riverboat company that offers daily trips through the Bonneville Locks. Experience being raised as much as 70 feet from the lower Columbia River.

Bridge of the Gods

The Bridge of the Gods with its scenic backdrop sits in the Heart of the Columbia Gorge connecting Oregon to Washington. This bridge is teeming with history and native lore.

Multnomah Falls

The waterfall spans two tiers on basalt cliffs, it is the tallest waterfall in the state of Oregon at 620 ft (189 m) in height and is also the most photgraphed landmark in Oregon.

Check out our media

We have some great videos that show off the jet-boat and our scenic location

Our Videos

Let’s Get Squatchy!

– Recorded narration by Cliff Barackman,
– Discuss local sightings and history
– Learn about known sightings along the river
– Check out real castings and Bigfoot calls
– Explore the Native American Lore behind Bigfoot and his presence in the Pacific Northwest.

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Willamette Week Featured Article

We Went Searching For Sasquatch Along the Banks of the Columbia

Willamette Week

Customer Testimonials

Don’t take our word for it – here’s what our customers say:

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

We had the best time. The weather was perfect and the boat crew was awesome. Thank you for all your help and for putting on such a great adventure.


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

Cruise Route

Full Trip
Travel from Downtown Portland to Cascade Locks

– 140 miles round-trip
– 13 bridges
– Countless landmarks
– An adventure of a lifetime. 

Bite-Size Tour 
Travel from Downtown Portland to Multnomah Falls
– 80 miles round-trip
– 12 bridges
– Countless landmarks
– An adventure of a lifetime.


Pick Your Cruise

Now offering bite sized experiences, see all the wonders of the Gorge without the stops. If you are up for the full day adventure, pick the full experience!

Check out our Facebook page for discounts!

Full Experience


does not include taxes & fees, prices subject to change.

  • 7 Hour Adventure
  • Bigfoot and Northwest Narration
  • Round-Trip to Cascade Locks
  • Cryptozoology Certificate
  • 1-hour Scenic Lunch Break
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Choose your date!

Orange = Bite-Size| Blue = Full Tour | Grey = Not Available

We have not started accepting bookings for next year yet.
Looking forward to cruises again June through September in 2020!


Meet The Crew

Our captains and guides will help you have an awesome experience!


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Cliff Barackman

Local Bigfoot Expert
(pre-recorded audio)

Cruise Details

More Information

The Explorer Jet-Boat is an open seating style vessel. You will be free to stand up and walk around throughout the duration of the cruise.


June 15th – September 30th
Full Trip 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Quick Trip 9:00 am – 12:30pm


Full trip, 7 hours total duration, with a 1-hour break.
Half trip, 3.5 hours total durration


Departing from Salmon Springs dock at 1000 SW Naito Parkway, Downtown Portland Oregon. 97014


Full trip $98.00
Quick trip $43.00
prices do not include landing fees or other additional charges.

cruise information

Before You Go

The Explorer is an open-air boat, please bring warm clothes as it can be cooler in the morning. Although the boat is covered there is an uncovered deck in the back.


There is a small restroom on board, as well as in Cascade Locks.


Each Customer will be provided a set of noise cancelling headphones that narration will be played through. You may bring your own headphones, standard 1/8th inch jacks are used.


You are welcome to bring food and drink on board. Lunch will be available to purchase at the Locks Waterfront Grill. (full tour only)


Not recommended for small children or disabled, as this is a fast-moving Jet-Boat. Cannot accomodate wheelchairs.

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Follow along with us as we cruise through the summer!

North American Bigfoot Center

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or give us a call at 503-224-3900