Our Story

Alaska Seaplane Adventures

Every great Alaskan adventure starts with a seaplane. Our mission is to take people on extraordinary wilderness adventures. Our trips all start from the same notion: “Wouldn’t it be cool to…”

Seaplane Adventures is the natural partnership between Fortress of the Bears LLC, which offered highly personalized, wilderness bear viewing and Alaska Seaplanes. Working with Alaska Seaplanes, our guides started putting together their own trips with friends and family – flying over glaciers, weekend cabin getaways, or even remote drop offs for extended wilderness trips. Conversations that started with “Wouldn’t it be cool to…” often led to a fantastic wilderness adventure. If you’re looking for a spectacular day trip, a specific charter or just have a vague idea, give us a call and let’s pull out a map and plan the next great seaplane adventure.

We take a triple bottom line approach. We aim to be a profitable company that is also a positive force in our communities and for our environment. Our tours are carbon neutral. We offset all our flights with the Juneau Carbon Offset project, which helps local families reduce heating costs and eliminates pollution right here in Juneau.

Fying at a Higher Standard

Alaska Seaplanes is the premier commuter airline of Southeast Alaska. Operating from a hub in Juneau, Alaska Seaplanes serves the markets of Skagway, Haines, Gustavus, Hoonah, Kake, Klawock, Sitka, Angoon, Tenakee Springs, Pelican, Elfin Cove and Excursion Inlet on a year-round basis, and Whitehorse, Yukon on a seasonal basis. Custom charters are available throughout Southeast Alaska, Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest.

The company was founded in 1997 by Craig and Aral Loken. The Lokens grew up in aviation with Juneau Air Taxi (later Channel Flying), a pioneering Alaska aviation company founded by Craig’s father Ken Loken in the 1950s which eventually became the largest seaplane operator in the world.

In 2011, the Loken’s sold Alaska Seaplanes to former Wings of Alaska managers Mike Stedman and Kent Craford. Mike Stedman was born and raised in Sitka. A pioneer in aviation safety, Mike serves as past-President of the Alaska Air Carriers Association, as a board member of the Medallion Foundation, and member of the Governor’s Aviation Advisory Board. Kent Craford was the founding President and CEO of SeaPort Airlines, the sister company of Wings of Alaska. Craford pioneered the concept of business commuter service outside of TSA jurisdiction with a route between Portland, Oregon and Seattle’s Boeing Field.

Ken Leghorn, Founder of Pack Creek Bear Tours and Alaska Discovery

Ken moved to Juneau in 1978 with his back pack, a degree in Biology, and a love of wilderness and wildlife.  He spent the next 25 years as a guide, including his first visit to Pack Creek in 1980.  Ken also became manager and co-owner of Alaska Discovery, the state’s oldest and largest wilderness guiding company, which was sold to Mountain Travel Sobek in 2000. He helped found and then managed Pack Creek Bear Tours, assembling and training our current crew. Ken passed away in 2017. His focus was on “getting people out there,” and helping them create their own experience. In addition to his long legacy as a guide, he was loved by his family, friends and community. Ken is remembered as a force in philanthropy and the conservation of Alaska’s wild places.

Fortress of the Bears LLC

Our wilderness bear tours are operated by Fortress of the Bears LLC
 dba Pack Creek Bear Tours. Fortress of the Bears has operated bear tours to Pack Creek with Alaska Seaplanes and Kootznoowoo Inc for 10 years.
Our tours are operated under special-use permit from the Tongass National Forest, United States Forest Service and commercial use permit from Alaska State Parks.
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