The wild and beautiful waters of Southern Oregon offer numerous options for outdoor adventures. If you love the water, a jet boat tour is a fun and exciting way to explore the Rogue Valley’s rivers. It’s the perfect complement to a hike, a camping weekend, or a rafting trip.

Fortunately, there are amazing local jet boat tour operators in Southern Oregon. They know the region’s fascinating cultural history and provide their guests with an amazing and unforgettable experience.

Rogue Jet Boat Adventures

Located in the heart of the Rogue Valley, Rogue Jet Boat Adventures is just minutes from downtown Medford. But as you leave the urban city center behind, you’re transported to the most beautiful, untouched sections of the upper Rogue River.

Rogue Jet Boat Adventures shares the historical message of the Table Rock area and offers a thrilling jet boat experience which exposes guests to the area’s beautiful scenery and wildlife. Their goal is for guests to leave with a new appreciation for the history of the Rogue Valley and its rich cultural stories.

​Rogue Jet Boat Adventures departs from TouVelle State Recreation Site seven days a week, and their season runs from May through mid-September.

Their jet boat tours are 2.5 hours long, departing at 9:30 a.m.,12:15 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. All ages are welcome, and the back rows of the boat are reserved for families with babies, the elderly, or those that are pregnant. Depending on bookings, tour sizes range from 5-25 passengers per boat. 

​Each Discovery Tour starts at Touvelle State Park where the first hour is spent exploring upriver, with a turnaround point at Rattlesnake Rapids. You then go to Discovery Park for a 45 minute layover with time for bathroom breaks, optional adventure activities, a souvenir arrowhead hunt, picnicking, or time to relax before the rest of the tour.

Rogue Jet Boat Adventures also welcomes guests to bring their own picnic items on the boat in a small cooler. Snack foods including ice cream, drinks, wine, beer and cider are available for sale at the Discovery Park Gift Shop.

Hellgate Jetboat Excursions

A family-run business, Hellgate Jetboat Excursions takes over 85,000 guests on exciting water tours every year. Established in 1959, Hellgate Jetboat Excursions was one of the first jet boat companies in the United States. 

For over 60 years, Hellgate Jetboat Excursions has earned a reputation of safety, professionalism and excellent service, and has created wonderful memories for numerous visitors and guests. They love the river’s wild and scenic waters and eagerly await to show their guests the awesomeness of our beautiful region.

Hellgate Jetboat Excursions runs several tours, including (but not limited to):

  • A one hour, 14-mile River Run Excursion. Glide inches above the water, and enjoy 360 degree spins on your way to the mouth of the Applegate Confluence and back to Grants Pass. Runs daily, May-September.
  • A two hour, 36-mile historical adventure. The perfect mix of history, wildlife and breathtaking views of the legendary Hellgate Canyon. Runs daily, May-September.
  • A four hour, 36-mile Brunch Excursion. Start the day off right with a narrated adventure filled with information about native wildlife, views of the Hellgate Canyon and a champagne brunch at Hellgate River Lodge. Runs daily, May-September.

A New Type of Adventure

A thrilling jet boat tour is a great way to explore Southern Oregon’s wild and beautiful waters. You’ll glide across the rivers, taking in the local sights and sounds. Each ride is unique and offers a new way to experience Southern Oregon.