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RiverPro boats began as a dream. Kevin Turner, owner/operator of a successful auto body and retail tire business in Hillsboro, Missouri, was an avid river fisherman. Frustrated by the limited access of prop-driven boats to his favorite shallow-water hotspots, as well as the inefficient performance of outboard jet drive motors, he was compelled to design a specialized river fishing boat, powered by a more reliable jet propulsion system. Kevin set to work designing an all aluminum, all wel.. Read Entire Article


Used by permission of BASS/ESPN Productions, Inc by Darl Black A river is an unfriendly place. From the moment you hook a fish until you take it off the hook, nothing good can happen." That may sound harsh, but it's exactly what Kevin Turner tells anyone who climbs into his jet boat to go smallmouth fishing. Turner is owner of River Pro Jet Boats and one of the most dedicated river anglers you'll ever encounter. "I fish shallow, fast flowing rock-infested ri.. Read Entire Article


The Near Perfect Option For Shallow Water Rivers, Jet Boats For The Catfish Crowd - by Steve Hoffman I CAN’T IMAGINE A BETTER SPOKESMAN FOR JET boats than Kevin Turner. He ran a flotilla of jets on shallow, rocky rivers from Minnesota to Alabama for almost two decades before he decided to design & build his own. “Before I knew it,” Turner says, “I had a yard full of boats and a big decision to make. I was convinced that the boat was not only unlike anything else on the ma.. Read Entire Article


Conservation Officer Randy Posner, left, takes delivery of the Minnesota DNR's first RiverPro jet boat from Kevin Turner of RiverPro. The boat will be used to assist in river patrol duties in the Brainerd Lakes area. BRAINERD, MN... It’s fast. It’s stealthy. And it can go virtually anywhere on the river. This spring the Minnesota DNR at Brainerd took delivery of a new RiverPro jet boat to be used in river patrol dutie.. Read Entire Article


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MN DNR Gets RiverPro Jet Boat For Patrol Boat

RiverPro DNR Patrol Boat
Conservation Officer Randy Posner, left, takes delivery of the Minnesota DNR's first RiverPro jet boat from Kevin Turner of RiverPro. The boat will be used to assist in river patrol duties in the Brainerd Lakes area.

BRAINERD, MN... It’s fast. It’s stealthy. And it can go virtually anywhere on the river. This spring the Minnesota DNR at Brainerd took delivery of a new RiverPro jet boat to be used in river patrol duties.

Low, streamlined and highly maneuverable, the boat is designed to navigate the shallowest water, at high speeds if necessary. Propelled by a powerful water jet drive system, the RiverPro is capable of running in depths as shallow as four inches.

“This is just a perfect design for our river patrol efforts,” said Conservation Officer Randy Posner, who had spotted a RiverPro jet boat, owned by In-Fisherman, on the Mississippi River last fall and persuaded the DNR to purchase one.

“It’s definitely going to help us do our jobs better. We can get around more quickly and more safely, and we can get into places a prop boat just can’t navigate. And because it displaces less water, there’s less wake, which results in less harmful environmental impact in these sensitive shallow water areas.”

The DNR river patrol has numerous duties to perform on area rivers, from enforcing fishing, boating and safety regulations to performing emergency rescue operations.

“This is our first one,” said Posner, “but I predict you’ll be seeing a lot of these RiverPro boats patrolling Minnesota rivers in the future.”

Editor's Note:
As of August '05, the Minnesota DNR has taken delivery of their 11th RiverPro jet boat.