Bore Tide Viewing

The best spot on the Seward Highway to view the phenomenon that is the Alaska Bore Tide
  • The Alaska bore tide is a wave formed when a super low tide and a super high tide crash into each other in the narrow and shallow Turnagain Arm.
  • It occurs 2-3 hours after the low tide time in Anchorage, Alaska.
  • The wave can come twice a day and is often surfed by local riders, who are sometimes able to surf a very long time on 5-10 foot faces.
  • The breaking wave can reach speeds of 6 to 24 mph and can vary between 6 inches and six feet in height.
  • It’s also a wildlife-spotting opportunity: harbor seals often ride the tide into Turnagain Arm & Beluga whales may be seen 30 mins or so later once the water gets deeper.

Click here to view the Bore Tide Schedule


alaska bore tide surfers
Surfers ride the Alaska Bore Tide on Turnagain Arm.

bore tide viewing map
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