By Karen Huwe
The Times 

Thunder on the Snake


September 7, 2023

Karen Huwe

One of the jet boats skimming the water during the Thunder on the Snake race at Hells Gate State Park.

LEWISTON, IDAHO-During Labor Day weekend, the roar of jet boats screaming down the Snake River at Hells Gate State Park sounded like low-flying airliners over your head.

The Thunder on the Snake Jet River Marathon had four classifications of jet boats competing for awards. The turbine class boats have 1500-plus horsepower jet engines with speeds between 145 and 160 miles per hour. The A class have powerful 800-900 HP motors, the CX races 525 HP boats, and the entry-level FX class boats are fast at 400 HP.

A Show and Shine was held at the Hells Canyon Grand Hotel on Friday. The following Saturd...

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