About Us

The McConnells

Captain Shawn moved to Hoonah in 1969 when his parents came here to work as teachers at the local schools. Coming from the deserts of New Mexico, it was as if he had stepped into paradise. Trout on every cast could be found just a hundred yards from the back porch. The forest and waters surrounding Hoonah provided an infinite playground in which to camp, build, hunt, fish, and explore. Shawn first went to sea in a 12 foot Boston Whaler as a commercial salmon troller at age 14.

After graduating from Hoonah High School, he attended Seattle Pacific University where he met his wife, Teresa, who shared a similar life story, having moved with her parents to Glennallen, Alaska in 1968 as they took teaching jobs in the small town north of Anchorage.

Following college, both Teresa and Shawn accepted teaching jobs in Fairbanks from which they have both retired after 20+ years of service. During the years of teaching in Fairbanks, they returned to Hoonah each summer to afford their sons, Captain Casey and Kyle, the opportunity to enjoy a lifestyle unmatched in its richness and wild beauty.

They permanently moved back to Hoonah in May of 2008 and look forward to spending many more years enjoying the Southeast Alaska lifestyle full-time.

The McConnells
Captain Shawn
Captain Shawn

During the past 40+ years, Shawn has worked as a commercial fisherman as well as a crew member and cannery hand. We started Glacier Wind Charters in 1995 and have had the tremendous pleasure of sharing the wildlife and beautiful vistas of our area with guests from all over the world.

Shawn spends the winters working on building projects and writing.

Check out his first novel, Night Vision, and his most recent release, Icy Passage, available on Amazon.

Captain Casey

It is our great pleasure that our son, Casey, joined us in offering our guests exceptional experiences in May 2017.

Casey holds a master’s degree in fisheries biology and has a wealth of knowledge of the natural history of Icy Strait and Southeast Alaska as well as the wildlife that surrounds us.

Casey holds a 100 ton master’s license and has been training with his father since he was old enough to hold the tiller of our first aluminum skiff. Casey has operated many different vessels during his career and most recently served as a captain for a whale watching tour business in Juneau where he piloted a variety of large catamarans.

Captain Casey
Glacier Wind Charters
907-978-9651

Glacier Wind Charters
P.O. Box 184
Hoonah, Alaska 99829