About Us

Alaska Wilderness Charters Paddleboard Photography Fishing

Looking for an adventure? Join Captain Neil Nickerson and the crew of Glacier Bear, and cruise through Southeast Alaska.

Meet the Captain and Crew

We hope you can join us on one of our exciting Alaska expeditions. We'll cruise through an amazing wilderness aboard Glacier Bear, our beautiful 95' yacht. This well-appointed boat offers an outstanding platform from which to experience Alaska's legendary Inside Passage, an intricate network of pristine waterways, granite fjords, and islands of astonishing beauty. Alaska is home to eagles, black and brown bears, humpback whales, orcas, stellar sea lions, sea otters, porpoises and harbor seals. On each voyage, we'll see charming fishing villages, an incredible display of wildlife, and the breathtaking scenery of the Inside Passage. The crew will pamper you, while the captain maneuvers Glacier Bear to tantalizing places that no cruise ship sails to.

  Captain Neil Nickerson
Alaska Wilderness Charters: Sport Fishing and Stream Fishing  ChartersNeil Nickerson, Captain

Neil Nickerson has been working Alaskan waters since 1988, as a U.S. Coast Guard officer aboard Coast Guard cutters, and also on tugboats and passenger ferries. He is intimately familiar with the waters of the Inside Passage and Prince William Sound, and has sailed north beyond the Arctic Circle, and west to Attu Island in the Aleutian Islands.

Neil holds a license as a U.S. Coast Guard National Master of Self-Propelled Vessels of Unlimited Tonnage Upon Oceans or Near Coastal Waters. This license enables Neil to be the captain for any size vessel, on any ocean. Neil is certified in First Aid and CPR, and keeps the vessel up to a 5-Star Coast Guard rating for safety. There's nothing Neil enjoys more than sharing the experience and grandeur of coastal Alaska with visiting guests.

Alaska Wilderness Charters offers a safe and pleasant experience, whether you are hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding, sailing or sport fishing.

  Our Crew
Alaska Wilderness Charters: Sport Fishing and Stream Fishing  ChartersAyesha Wise, Chef

Each member of the crew has the experience and training to provide you with the safest, most enjoyable wilderness adventure possible. Our crew includes:

  • Neil Nickerson, Captain
  • Josh Yerkes, Assistant Captain and Sport Fishing Guide
  • Al Smith, Engineer and Boatwright
  • Ayesha Wise, our Fabulous Chef

For our specialty Paddleboard, Photography and Stream Fishing charters, an additional crew member will be added.

  • Michelle Espheter, Paddleboard Guide
  • Trevor Fritz, Sport Fishing Guide
  • Kevin Murphy, Sport Fishing Guide
  • Doug Ogilvy, Stream Fishing Guide
  • John Schnell, Photography Guide

Nothing matches the freedom and comfort of an Alaska Wilderness Charter. We'll glide through pristine waterways on the 95' Glacier Bear (previously known as Caledonia), with unparalleled access to whales and wildlife. Each day, we'll cruise to the best locations for viewing fjords, waterfalls, icebergs and glaciers. You'll observe Alaskan brown bears, bald eagles, humpback whales, orcas, Stellar sea lions, harbor seals, Dall's porpoises and sea otters. And you'll experience amazing scenic wonders — on wilderness hikes, on the water in kayaks, on paddleboards, and aboard our motorized 16' skiff and 28' fishing boat. There simply is no better way to experience the joy of the mesmerizing Alaskan wilderness.

Alaska Wilderness Charters: Sport Fishing and Stream Fishing  ChartersAl Smith, Engineer

Our entire team is knowledgeable about whales and bears, Alaska's geology and history, and so much more. Each year our crew completes a rigorous training review, which includes safety and rescue, plus an in-depth training in tides, wind, current and weather. Most importantly, our crew has the desire to:

  • Make things easier. Behind the scenes, our crew handles all trip planning, logistics, packing, and many other chores. So relax and make the most of your trip.

  • Keep you safe. Our experienced crew is highly trained to anticipate and avoid dangers, to help ensure your safety. Please understand that every outdoor activity entails an element of risk. We can't promise you won't get hurt, but we have never had a serious injury that has required a client evacuation.

  • Keep you informed. Our crew will share their personal knowledge of the areas we visit. Not only do they know the names of plants and animals, but they can inform you about the complex interaction between many of the plants, animals, geology, ocean and weather.
Alaska Wilderness Charters Paddleboard Photography Fishing

Josh yerkes will lead you to quaint fishing villages and the breathtaking scenery of Alaska.


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Alaska Wilderness Charters Paddleboard Photography Fishing