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The annual Salmon River Jet Boat Race is the first springtime attraction Riggins organizes -- not just for motorheads and racing fans, but fun for the whole family.
As of Wednesday, April 18, 2018
RIGGINS Racing fans will line the banks of the Salmon River this Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22, to take in the sound and spectacle of jet boats topping out at more than 100 miles per hour.
In the highest classification, the fastest boats of years past have run 10 laps of the eight-mile course from Island Bar to Lightning Creek in about 50 minutes, implying speeds of about 96 miles per hour despite tight turns, narrow gaps, and stretches of difficult water, notably in the rapids near Time Zone Bridge — a fan favorite place to watch. The course includes stretches where boats and drivers can pick up speeds much faster than 100 miles per hour, lifting the jet boats’ noses enough to give the machines the appearance of leaping right out of the river.
Those in search of a closer look at the boats can find them at the show-and-shine barbecue: Friday night, April 20, 6:30 p.m. MT at Salmon Rapids Lodge.
The 34th Annual Salmon River Jet Boat Races start at 10 a.m. MT each race day, with about 15 jet boats anticipated to compete this weekend.