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Hellgate Jetboat Excursions of Grants Pass has acquired a loyal following in the 24 years since Robert and Linda Hamlyn began providing river guided tours on boats that hydro-glide on the water's surface.

Hellgate also offers lunch and dinner specials at a lodge along the river called the OK Corral. With more than 100 staff members running the May-through-September season, Hellgate serves some 80,000 visitors each year.

"We're excited about the community supporting us because we just really appreciate our community for being part of our company and enjoying this great resource," said Travis Hamlyn, who runs the service with his parents.

Other favorites: Noah's of Ashland, and Irv Urie of River Trips Unlimited, Medford, Paul Botsford of Noah's and Rogue Wilderness Adventures of Merlin (tie)

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