Portland, Oregon

Columbia Gorge Jet-Boat Adventure Tour

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Ride the Explorer jet-boat from Portland to Cascade Locks as we embark into the “Heart of the Columbia Gorge” to search for the elusive creature known as Bigfoot. See the landmarks that make the Northwest famous, while listening to live and recorded narration. Enjoy content created by Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot star, Cliff Barackman.

Cliff Barackman


  • See all the landmarks that make the Northwest famous
  • Listen to narration from Cliff Barackman and a live tour guide
  • Enjoy the scenery from Portland to The Columbia Gorge
  • Enjoy an hour stop in Cascade Locks for a scenic break
  • Check out real Bigfoot casts!
  • Learn about local Bigfoot sightings and hear their story
Boatloads of Bigfoot information!
Noise cancelling headphones for every passenger.
See the Columbia Gorge form a unique perspective (Beacon Rock)

Bigfoot is the hide-and-seek champion of the world. With the help of Cliff Barackman, star of Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot, we will learn as much as we can about him.

Travel from Portland to the Heart of the Columbia Gorge on this seven-hour round trip excursion. See sights such as Beacon Rock, Bridge of the Gods, Multnomah Falls, Bonneville and Dam, and many more. 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.

Cruise Route

Sneak peak of Bigfoot sightings discussed!
  • Tour guide to point out the historical landmarks of Portland and the Columbia Gorge
  • A historic narration of the Northwest and the Columbia Gorge
  • Recorded narration by Cliff Barackman, discussing sightings and the history of Bigfoot
  • Learn about known sightings along the river
  • Interactive Adventure with real castings and Bigfoot calls
  • Explore the history and lore of Bigfoot and his presence in the Pacific Northwest.

Check out real Bigfoot casts! photo by: Bernadette Murray
Captain Tom Cramblett discusses the history of Multnomah falls

Customer Reviews

“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.

– Amy

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

If you would like to listen to a first-hand experience, Funemployment Radio rode with us and talked about it in one of their episodes.Listen Now

Cruise Details

June 15th – September 30th
Daily 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
From $98 per person
Group pricing from $78 (8 or more people)
Prices do not include $5 landing fee
Cruises are based on tiered pricing, book early for the lowest rate
Total Duration: 7 hours

  • We will be departing from Salmon Springs dock at 1000 SW Naito Parkway, Downtown Portland Oregon. 97014
  • parking can be found in many parking lots or garages nearby
  • Boarding will begin at 8:45 am, we will leave the dock at 9 am.
  • We will travel to Cascade Locks, Oregon, arriving around 11:30.
  • There will be an opportunity for you to purchase lunch at the Lock’s Waterfront Grill.
  • There will be about an hour break before we head back to Portland.
  • We will return to Salmon Springs dock around 4 pm

About the vessel

  • 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.
  • Sunglasses, hats, and sunscreen are recommended.
  • There is a small restroom on board.
  • Since the boat is noisy, we provide everyone with noise canceling headphones which narration will be played through.

Other Information

  • If you do not want to purchase lunch at the grill you are welcome to bring your own.
  • Binoculars and Cameras are encouraged.
  • Please keep bags and personal belongings as small as possible. There is limited space.
  • Not recommended for small children or very elderly people as this is a fast-moving Jet-Boat.
  • We are a ticketless company, check in with your name at boarding.
  • This cruise is not wheelchair accessible.

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More Questions?
Speak directly with our friendly staff at 503-224-3900
Or email us at reservations@portlandspirit.com