View the Bore Tide in Alaska

Tidal Bores are an unusual sight in South-central Alaska and these waves are formed due to the unique combination of hydrology and geography. Cook Inlet is the only place in the United States that has huge tidal waves where these bore tides are formed. It can be up to 6 feet tall depending on the conditions and the largest bores only happen during extreme minus tides with the new and full moon cycles. 

Bore Tide Surfing

Bore tide surfing means riding the wave for miles and miles. Most locals prefer bore tide surfing to the usual short repeated surf. You will not be able to find many surfers on Alaska beaches because they are all busy Bore tide surfing. And when doing so, you should not miss the wave because failing to catch it as it rolls by can mean a long float back to its starting spot. 

Best Bore Tide Viewing Spots

Just south of Anchorage along the Seward Highway are areas where you can spot these waves. Bird Point is one of the places where you can see them. The water will appear calm 30 minutes before the arrival of the tide, and then later on it will be followed by a roaring sound of the waves breaking near the shore. You can also check the Indian point, Beluga point and the bridge near the 20-mile river.


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Best Dates to See the Bore Tide in Anchorage

Hours after low tide in Anchorage, a bore tide can be seen somewhere in Turnagain Arm. Its size depends on the range of the tide and the most dramatic ones appear during the extreme minus tides. The bore tides vary up to 3o minutes or more depending on the wind speed and direction.