FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. What’s the Weather Like?
We are located in the center of the Tongass National Forest, the largest temperate rainforest in North America. Spring, summer and fall, May through September you can expect temperatures from the 50’s to high 70’s. Average summer temperatures are in the upper 50s to lower 60s. Wrangell gets less rain than other parts of Southeast Alaska but we still average about 80 inches annually so be prepared.
2.What Should I Bring to Wear?
Layers are great. Comfortable casual. Do remember a pair of shorts and a couple of T-shirts because when it’s nice, you’ll be glad you had them! Most days, hoodies and fleece jackets are great and a set of light rain gear is the perfect shell on the outside for rainier days. Sturdy shoes, like hiking boots are a nice choice. Remember to bring a hat and if you are joining us for one of our glacier destinations, you might even enjoy a beanie and gloves. We are on the water so sunglasses are great. A light day pack or boat bag is good to keep these extra layers and your personal belongings collected and with you for the day.
3. How Do We Get to Wrangell?
We are on an island in the Inside Passage in Southeastern Alaska located between Ketchikan and Juneau. You get here by boat or plane. Alaska Airlines jets fly in here twice a day. Look for flights 64 and 65, which are great connections out of Seattle. Alaska Marine Highway Ferries stop here regularly. You can bring a vehicle on the ferry or rent one on the island, but it’s highly likely you won’t even need one while you’re here.
4. Where Can We Stay?
Wrangell has a number of great Bed and Breakfasts (B&Bs) in addition to a hotel, hostel and fun camping. We also have two RV parks. Don’t hesitate to call us for recommendations and more information on any of these lodging options.
5. What’s to Eat?
If you’ve booked one of our packages, we will already have your meals planned for you however, if you are not, then you’ll be happy to know we have several restaurants in addition to great delis in both of our grocery stores. If you are buying your own groceries, there is a good selection in both stores here, but you will want to know that they open at 8am and close at 6pm Monday through Saturday and are closed on Sundays. Bring a lunch on all of our day tours. We are usually back in town in time for you to get dinner at one of our local restaurants. You’ll want to note that if you are on one of our bear tours, all food must stay on the boat. The boats generally have sodas, coffee or tea on board. While we have bottled water available, we are making an effort to reduce our use of disposable plastic bottles and encourage you to bring a reusable water bottle to fill with excellent filtered water from our office before your departures. While we don’t regularly provide alcoholic beverages, you are welcome to bring alcoholic beverages with you. You are on vacation!
6. Are These Adventures Kid Friendly?
John and I are parents to five children and we love to help other families make memories with their children that will last a lifetime. We are always excited and willing to help you plan a trip that includes tours that everyone in the family will enjoy. We feel that we can take children on any of our tours with advance notice so we can properly pair you with suitable guests and plan the day’s itinerary to include fun for the kids. Families often book our vessels privately so we can operate on your timeline and cater to your specific preferences. When you take your family on one of our adventures, it’s the perfect way to foster some very high quality time together and offer your children a glimpse and new appreciation for our amazing wildlife and wilderness.
7. What Are Your Boats Like?
We have four boats that make up our fleet. The tour you choose will determine which boat you will be on for the day. All the boats were specifically constructed to do a specific type of tour.
“Timber Wolf” is a 35 foot aluminum cabin cruiser and is fast with 600 horsepower. A big back deck, great for fishing and whale watching. A comfortable cabin with all around visibility, seating for six passengers, full size marine toilet, and heated by the onboard oil stove. This boat is also equipped with excellent array of marine electronics and high quality fishing gear.
“Wild Side” is a 27 foot aluminum state of the art jetboat. Fast, powerful and nimble, great for shallow waters or going ashore. Forward facing stadium style seating that can accommodate ten passengers with windows everywhere. The cabin is covered and heated, with an onboard public address sound system so you can hear your tour guide and captain and also outfitted with the latest marine electronics.
The “North River” is a 22 foot aluminum cruiser, comfortable and quick. Covered cabin for five passengers and capable of going to shore. Nicely rigged with electronics and quality fishing gear.
The “Sea Ark” is a16 foot welded aluminum jet skiff. Fast and fun! Seating for five in this open skiff designed for very shallow water and getting into the nooks and crannies that the big boats don’t even consider! Hang onto your hat! Great for birding tours, freshwater fishing and hard to beat for a nice day on our rivers.
8. Do We Need A Fishing License?
All fishing, shrimping, crabbing, and clamming activities require a fishing license. You can purchase licenses in Wrangell from Alaska Charters & Adventures or local sporting goods stores, or you can purchase direct from the state of Alaska at http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/Store/
DEPOSIT & CANCELLATION POLICY
Alaska Charters and Adventures is a small independent Adventure Charter Company. We specialize in offering the finest in “high quality” customized outdoor adventures geared towards the independent traveler and small private groups. Unlike many other charter companies that focus on high numbers of travellers, if you reserve with us and then later find you must cancel, it will significantly impact our ability to meet our operational needs.
Thus, to secure your reservation, we require a 50% nonrefundable deposit at time of booking. The balance due will be payable at the end of your tour. Because we understand that sometimes unexpected life events happen that may prevent you from traveling, we strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance.
Travel Insurance: We recommend Travel Guard insurance. You can visit www.travelguard.com for more details.
Fuel Surcharge: If fuel reaches $5 or more per gallon, there will be a $5 per person/per day surcharge added to your final payment at the end of your trip.