We are a family-owned and operated business. Tours are done by a father-and-son team and marketed by Deans daughter, who share a great love and appreciation of the swamps of the Atchafalaya Basin. They are both passionate about sharing their knowledge and love of the natural beauty of this watery wilderness with others.
Dean A. Wilson, owner of Last Wilderness Tours, became the Atchafalaya Basinkeeper after making his living as a commercial fisherman and hunter in the Atchafalaya Basin for over 16 years. For many years, he was also the Chair of the Atchafalaya Basin Committee with the Sierra Club. He works to protect the Atchafalaya Basin and Louisiana’s swamps through education, research and enforcement of our environmental laws. With help from volunteer pilots through SouthWings, Atchafalaya Basinkeeper is the only group monitoring for illegal cypress logging in southern Louisiana and is the main group working to stop the cypress mulch industry, which is driving the logging as well as the looming threat of the wood pellet industry. Dean spearheaded the Save Our Cypress Coalition that managed to stop most of the cypress logging in coastal Louisiana. To learn more about Atchafalaya Basinkeeper please go to www.basinkeeper.org. Si habla Español.
Albert (Al) Wilson is Dean Wilson’s oldest son and has a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Ecology and Management with a concentration in wetland science at LSU in Baton Rouge. He is also a commercial crawfisherman and spends most of his free time fishing and exploring the Atchafalaya Basin. Al grew up fishing in the boat with his dad. Si habla Español.
Silvia Wilson is 25 years old and is charge of marketing and managing for The Last Wilderness Swamp Tours. She is Dean Wilson’s one of two daughters and has an associates degree in General Studies. Silvia loves the outdoors, animals, and spending time with her family. She also grew up fishing with her dad. Si habla Español.