The rugged Alaska coast offers limitless opportunities for uncrowded, pristine adventure. On our Family/Group Charters, you'll experience hiking, kayaking, surfing, and paddleboard adventures in the astonishing blue-green waters of calm coves and bays and among haunting icebergs adrift in mystical fjords.
Join us on one of our scheduled eight-day family charters. You'll enjoy observing the unique wildlife and breathtaking scenery of Southeast Alaska, home to eagles, black and brown bears, humpback whales, orcas, stellar sea lions, sea otters, porpoises, and harbor seals. The 95' Glacier Bear is an outstanding platform to launch your adventure and a nice warm place to relax after daily sessions. The Crew will pamper you while the Captain maneuvers Glacier Bear to place you in the perfect location.
Toss out the crab traps in one of our many productive locations, and (with a bit of luck) we'll haul in a bounty of delectable Dungeness crab. All-you-can-eat crab dinners do not come any fresher or more delicious!
People throughout the world enjoy hiking in the wilderness, usually on established trails. Hiking in Southeast Alaska is best suited for those in good physical condition, as it may require walking on unimproved trails, often for several miles. Sometimes it is necessary to climb steep paths on mountainsides and cross small streams. The reward for this effort can be a serene mountain lake, a beautiful view of the surrounding wilderness, and photos of wildlife seen along the way.
The Inuit invented the kayak, a light, narrow, and maneuverable boat with an enclosed cockpit propelled by a double-bladed paddle. They crafted kayaks by stretching oiled hides from sea mammals over wooden or whale rib frameworks. Most were or a single person, but some had an additional seat for a passenger.
The rugged Alaska coast offers limitless opportunities for uncrowded, pristine paddling adventures. Stand-up paddle surfing and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is an offshoot of surfing that originated in Hawaii. Unlike traditional surfing, where the rider sits until a wave comes, stand-up paddleboarders stand on their boards and use a paddle to propel themselves through the water.
We've got a secret we'll be happy to share with you. We know where the Spot Prawns and Striped Prawns are! We'll set out shrimp traps on our way to a secluded anchorage for the evening. Then we'll haul up our catch in the morning. Prepared by our Chef, Alaska's large and tender Spot and Striped Prawns are the best of the best!
Drop a line from the 28' For Reel with one of our four professional-quality fishing rods and reels, and test your luck and skill at bringing in Halibut, King Salmon, or Rockfish. Your "catch of the day" will be fileted by our fishing guide and can be fresh-frozen or prepared by our Chef that evening for an unmatched culinary delight.
Whale-watching is a popular activity on Alaska charters. Unfortunately, these interactions of whales with humans can negatively affect whale populations. Occasionally boaters cruise too close to whales, preventing the animals from hunting for food or inadvertently separating mothers from their calves. Alaska Wilderness Charters has a deep commitment to protecting the natural resources we share with our guests.
Marine mammals thrive in this area, and the opportunities to see these majestic animals are many. We'll see humpback whales, orcas, harbor seals, sea lions, sea otters, and Alaska brown bears on a typical trip.
Six clients are allowed on our fishing boat, the 28' For Reel. On most days, we'll see very few other people fishing in the locations we've selected. If we do encounter another group, we can quickly move to a different location. “Combat fishing” is not in the works!
Novice or experienced — we'll make each day work for you. We often cruise directly to get to the perfect location, but we have great flexibility to choose from several alternative fishing spots if conditions are not right.
Many of our guests spend multiple days fishing on our charters. Generally, a couple of days of successful fishing for salmon and halibut provides all the frozen fish you'll need for home use. We’ll be happy to clean and freeze your fish for you. When you arrive at your destination in Juneau or Sitka, there are excellent fish processors that can pack and ship your catch.
The area is a photographer's dream, with humpback whales and orcas, sea otters and river otters, sea lions and seals, brown bears and black bears, and hundreds of bald eagles and other shorebirds populating the rugged coastline and inland meadows and forest.
We'll help you maximize your experience in the areas we fish. We provide an experienced fishing guide and boat transportation, using either our 28' For Reel or our 16' Lund boat. If you have fishing gear (including fly fishing and spin fishing gear, boots, fishing vests, jackets, and waders), by all means, bring what you trust. Alaska Wilderness Charters has a limited supply of waders, plus some essential fly fishing and spin fishing gear. We also carry a small first aid kit.
Between the sunny days in Alaska, it can be cool and damp. You'll need to bring rain gear, rubber boots, and some warm clothing — see Recommended Gear. The stream waters are always chilly. We will be wearing waders when fishing, but long pants or long underwear bottoms beneath them can be a nice thing — especially if you choose to stand in the water much of the day. A small day pack is handy for your binoculars, camera (be sure to store it in a zip-lock bag), and some extra clothing. Anyone over the age of 12 will need an Alaska fishing license. The same license applies to saltwater fishing.
Our fishing destinations are in areas of the Alaska Wilderness that see very few visitors and have no roads. The trip offers spin-casting or fly-sighing in streams where steelhead, cutthroat and rainbow trout, Dolly Varden (Arctic Char), and salmon thrive for avid fishers. If you don't like to fish (but your partner does), be sure to bring your binoculars and camera — the wilderness areas we go to are stunningly beautiful, and we often see bears, eagles, and other wildlife.
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There are more than 50,000 black bears and 35,000 brown bears living in Alaska's untamed wilderness. They're lumbering through berry-covered hillsides, raising their young and slapping at salmon-choked rivers. But unlike moose, you probably won't casually encounter bears along most roads. You have to go searching. That's one reason why bear-viewing tours are some of the pricier excursions you can take in Alaska. Most tour operators gain access to bears' prime locations via a small plane, though some tours will take you on a boat. But it's completely worth the price—these are just about the best wildlife viewing experiences you can have.
Indeed, many companies guarantee sightings. They do so because they know when and where to find the peak locations for the significant salmon runs each summer. Those snow-fed rivers are shallow, swift, and clear, and they offer a spectacle in themselves— because, along with the arrival of the bright red schools of fish also come the bears.
When you take a tour, you'll see bears congregating near the water—playing, sunbathing, and teaching their young fishing technique—and you can get reasonably close without disrupting the event (and, of course, stay safe). You'll likely also see the bears start feeding with a frenzy. It's not unusual to see 15 or 20 of them throughout the day—and tens of thousands of spawning red salmon. For an extended experience, choose a bear-viewing lodge or boat tour.
Alaskan waters feature a massive display of wildlife. We'll take you into pristine waters and along undeveloped coastlines — an excellent activity for the whole family since everyone loves watching whales, orcas, Stellar sea lions, and harbor seals.
Our Captain and Crew are always on the lookout for wildlife and will stop the boat from drifting along when they've spotted something good — such as a whale, porpoises, or even eagles, who like to be near the prime fishing locations. You'll probably see hundreds of harbor seals basking on the icebergs around you and any number of glaucous-winged gulls, arctic terns, sea otters, or Dall's porpoises. You may also see dozens of otters floating in "rafts" in the open waters, and hundreds of shorebirds swirling above their rookeries, with their carefully crafted nests tucked among the rocks.
Day 1:We will explore the waters and island shorelines near our first anchorage. Those interested in stream fishing can try their luck in nearby short outlet streams, or they can fish for saltwater species in the surrounding kelp beds. Keep on the lookout for bears!
Days 2-4: This pristine wilderness is abundant with whales and other marine wildlife, seemingly at every turn. The surrounding waters and streams are rich with carcasses of dead fish, plus schools of millions of herring and other small fish. Large predators like brown bears and transient orcas are constantly searching for food.
Days 5-7: Each day of our trip offers an opportunity for wildlife exploration, with good fishing, photography, and paddling too. The group may split into fishing, hiking, paddling, photography, or wildlife viewing sub-groups, depending upon each individuals' preference. We travel through an area of relatively protected waters, with dozens of islands to explore, several good river systems, and idyllic bays and coves.
Day 8: We will pack up our gear, and arrive at our destination.
For a magical wedding, there's no better venue than an Alaska wedding charter. That's right—your entire wedding can take place aboard the Glacier Bear. You won't have to worry about the logistics and expense of transporting everyone from the ceremony to the reception. Embark upon your marital journey with an open-air top-deck ceremony, followed by a cocktail hour at the bar and an elegant sit-down dinner for the wedding party in our enclosed dining room. Alaska Wilderness Charters offers a unique opportunity for wedding couples to truly become one with nature. Exchange your vows in the presence and sounds of waterfalls and whales. This charter is tailored to your needs and wishes, and we'll do everything possible to make your Alaska Wedding an enchanting event. Pretty dreamy, right?
The trip of a lifetime. Every moment of the experience was a true blessing. The Captain, Neil Nickerson and the Crew, Jeff Polizzotto and Al Smith, were the best ever. We were fortunate to have John Schnell, an amazing photographer and guide, with us as well. I highly, highly, highly recommend the trip. One month later and I'm still feeling inspired by the beauty and mystique of Alaska.
Sailing for a week on Glacier Bear with Captain Neil was one of the greatest vacations! We cruised from Sitka to Juneau, and we saw the most amazing wildlife. We were one with the wilderness. The hiking, fishing, kayaking, paddleboard and photo opportunities were "bar none." This is a wonderful and intimate experience. You'll be spoiled by the Crew — Al and Jeff were on board with us. And you will eat fresh and excellent food.
An Alaska charter is the perfect union of wilderness and luxury travel. Welcome aboard Glacier Bear, a beautiful 95' yacht. While on board, you'll experience Alaska's legendary Inside Passage, an intricate network of pristine waterways, granite fjords, and islands of astonishing beauty.
Fishing. Hiking. Paddling in the astonishing blue-green waters of calm coves and bays, among haunting icebergs adrift in mystical fjords. Quaint fishing villages and Alaska's magnificent wildlife — including eagles, bears, orcas and humpback whales. An inspiring tale of Alaskan adventure.