“We just got back from a delightful morning at AnAn Bear viewing with Jim, James and Scott. The whole trip was perfect, we saw brownies and black bears with cubs! these guys work to make you feel safe, because you are definitely in bear country! (this was our 3rd bear trip with AK waters, we are definitely repeat customers). We also did the Petersburg/LeConte Glacier trip a few days ago and enjoyed it immensely. We got very close to the glacier, picking our way through all the floating ice chunks (2nd time for that trip). We have also done the Stikine River/Shakes glacier trip and got to see some great scenery. Can’t recommend them enough !”
Alaska Waters is an Alaska Native Business located in the City of Wrangell in Southeast Alaska. Alaska Waters primarily operates the Marine Vessel Chutine Warrior, the only jet boat in Wrangell that has a marine head (restroom). Note that we have other boats in our fleet that do not have marine heads. Alaskan locals guide all of our tours, thus they have extensive knowledge of the area and history. All captains have First Aid Training; some have Emergency Trauma Technician (or higher) medical certification. All boat operators are licensed, certified by the US Coast Guard and all of our tours are fully insured. Safety is our highest priority in all activities.
Experience the LeConte Glacier Valley on a fully guided tour in one of our covered, heated jet boats. The tour will depart from Wrangell and venture completely around Mitkof Island through Dry Straits and the Wrangell Narrows. Guests will view LeConte Glacier for about 3 hours and make a brief 1-2 hour stop in Petersburg. Depending on the tide, the schedule of events and departure times will vary.
LeConte Glacier resides in a 12 mile-long fjord at the head of LeConte Bay about 20 miles North West of the mouth of the Stikine River. This spectacular glacier is North America’s southern-most tidewater glacier and is part of a massive glacial system that stretches 120 miles between the Stikine and the Whiting Rivers. Snow covered peaks rise out of the fjord to heights of 4,000+ feet encompassing all that enter the bay. Various waterfalls weave through the mountainsides thundering into the fjord below. Enjoy traveling through the vast iceberg fields and spotting the Harbor Seals on the icy aquamarine blue, snowy white, or gravel covered icebergs that fill LeConte Bay. These seals take up residence in the bay to give birth to their pups and teach their young from late May to early June. During this time, there is a cycle of life frenzy with Bald Eagles preying on the newborn seal pups. LeConte Glacier is an active advancing glacier with frequent calving. Utilize the back deck to take advantage of incredible photo opportunities then return indoors to warm up. Finish with an exploration of Petersburg, Alaska’s “Little Norway.” Grab a bite to eat, visit the Petersburg Museum, or indulge in some souvenir shopping. This stop may be at the beginning of the tour due to tide conditions