After doing extensive research about various tour companies out of Wrangell, AK we decided to book 2 separate excursions with Alaska Charters and Adventures ( alaskaupclose.com ) I’m so very glad we did! Ok- time for a little background, we are a family of four, kiddos age 12 and 10. We have been planning our trip to Alaska for awhile, wanting to get the most bang for our buck and traveling on the Alaska Marine Ferry. From our very first contact, the people at Alaska Charters and Adventures were so helpful and friendly! Offering to pick us up from the ferry terminal, drive us to our rental (outside of town), and offering advice and suggestions on local events, and restaurants.
Our first adventure was a trip to Anan to get “up close and personal” with the local bears. Brenda was our captain ( of the ‘Wild Side’) and tour guide for the day. First impression from my son- “Wow, Cool boat!”, first impression from me, “Wow, she really knows her stuff!” What an amazing day! We saw multiple black bears and even a brown bear- I’m talking a couple of feet away! We had a small group of 6 people and arrived hours before any other tour company and stayed as long as we wanted. The entire day Brenda was the ultimate tour guide, friendly, informative, answered all our questions, kept us safe, and made this an adventure our family will remember forever!
Our second adventure was a day of fishing on the ‘Timber Wolf’ with our captain John. It was just the 4 of us this time and what a beautiful and comfortable boat to spend the day on! John was personable, funny, and made us feel like family- not to mention knows where the BIG halibut are!!! I can’t explain appropriately how this one trip impacted us- seems silly, just a fishing trip, right??? No, my son caught his first Halibut- almost as big as him! Every other 5 comments that comes out of his mouth now start with “John said…..”, and he now wants to move to Wrangell. My daughter (girly-girl) just told me she might want to join the Coast Guard after school…..’You know, like John and his daughter’ she said.
It was amazing- John and Brenda are amazing. These adventures, I would describe as once in a life time must do’s, but I know our family will be back, and we will go with Alaska Charters and Adventures every time.
We had booked 3 days with Brenda and when we arrived she told us the bears we had hoped to see had virtually gone for the season and river levels were lower than normal. We could either do the trips as advertised or let her make alternative plans for our time with her. We decided on the latter and although we didn’t see bears close up as we had hoped the experiences she and Bob gave us over those 3 days made us feel as though we had been taken on trips by very knowledgeable Alaskan friends. They were both totally professional and we learnt a huge amount about Alaska from both of them. It was an absolute highlight of our trip.
Just wanted to say thanks for the great two days boating and birding in the Stikine area, we had a wonderful time and you made us feel so welcome.
Thanks for the fabulous trip to Leconte Glacier. It was absolutely breathtaking!
Leconte glacier was an outstanding day! Thanks for taking such good care of us while we were in Wrangell.
Great Scenery, great commentating by the guides, really enjoyed the tour!
Great!! Exceeded our expectations (which were very high).
Loved it! We had a great time! It was great to touch the icebergs and come so close to the glacier!
Excellent captain, great nature! Happy day. Amazing!!
Deep gratitude for incredible hospitality and support. Your stories and navigation savvy are invaluable.