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Steve Weber goes on an adventure for Tracy Arm Fjord

Steve Weber goes on an adventure for Tracy Arm Fjord

Captain Steve Weber in the deck of his boat Captain Cook, with South Sawyer Glacier visible through the window.

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) – Captain Steve Weber operates three different boats that are available to take tourists and locals on a trip to Tracy Arm they won’t soon forget.

Captain Steve Weber sets sail for South Sawyer Glacier or North Sawyer Glacier in the narrow and captivating Tracy Arm Fjord.

Weber says the South Sawyer Glacier, the tour destination, is about 70 nautical miles from downtown Juneau, or 80 statute miles.

Tour departs at 8:00 AM and returns to Juneau at 6:00 PM.

A boat holds 48 passengers.

There’s plenty to see along the way, like huge waterfalls tumbling down the mountains, orcas and humpback whales, seals and sea lions, and bald eagles sitting on icebergs the size of icebergs. buildings while bears watch from the rocky shore.

Above: Bald eagles sit on an iceberg. Below: The view of the South Sawyer Glacier with seals among the scattered ice.

“My favorite part is right here in front of the South Sawyer Glacier. But there are so many other bonuses between the mountains and the glaciers up high. We’re sitting here looking at the top of a 6,000 foot mountain totally covered of fresh snow and there must be 5,200 feet of new snow on top of this glacier and it’s a very large glacier that we can see outside we are at sea level and looking almost straight ahead things like that. And that’s just part of the whole trip to the wildlife, the rock formations, the glaciers, the high mountains, with really thick snow. The harbor seals, they have their young here and their main pupping times are May and June. We like to get close enough to see them but further away where we don’t disturb them. And we sometimes get exceptionally good whale sightings. As a kind of bonus, it’s not our main business, but sometimes we get enough of it where it’s pretty exciting there too. Tracy Arm Fjord has some of the most beautiful icebergs compared to most, the prettiest size, eyes and colors,” Weber said.

At the end of the fjord, looking at the South Sawyer Glacier, which is 25 miles long, the water is 900 feet deep.

In the spring it is common for there to be large chunks of icebergs, sometimes blocking Weber’s path.

He says the North Sawyer Glacier is there as a backup when this happens.

“Tracy Arm here, it’s my 25th year. I’ve done other things with fishing and so on in the past, but Tracy Arm is what really drew me in. It’s so beautiful, so amazing. I see it every day and come back every day with the same excitement. It’s just a good place and an event,” Weber said in response to how long he was active.

Above: Adventure Bound tours depart through the Gastineau Channel.

Weber also spoke about the history of exploring the fjord and his boat’s namesake.

“We recognize Captain Cook who was one of the great explorers of the world. He made three voyages here in Alaska. He is a British sea captain and his work around the world really stands out. So we thought we would commemorate that. He made the best cards and kept the best records,” Weber explained.

Adventure Bound tours run from the first weekend in May through early September, though Weber says they’ve made a few trips as early as April this year.

If you would like to make a reservation, go to https://www.adventureboundalaska.com/.