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Through waves of adversity, Gorge jet boat tour business surges forward


Bobby Bower bought New River Jet Boats at a time that would turn out to be what he termed “the perfect storm of a bad time to start a business.”

“It was early 2020, just before COVID hit,” he recalled as he sat in the shade at the shoreline passenger check-in station at Hawks Nest State Park for the eight-mile roundtrip jet boat excursions his company offers.

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