We are a family-owned business. The Last Wilderness Swamp Tours is marketed/ managed by Dean’s daughter, who shares a great love and appreciation for the swamps of the Atchafalaya Basin. Dean and Matt are both passionate about sharing their knowledge and love of the natural beauty of this watery wilderness with others.
Captain Dean A. Wilson
Dean is the owner of The Last Wilderness Tours. He 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. 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. Dean habla Español.
Silvia Wilson Drinkwater
Silvia is a full-time mom and the marketing director for The Last Wilderness Swamp Tours. You can take her out of the swamp, but you can’t take the swamp out of her! She is Dean Wilson’s one of two daughters and has an associate degree in General Studies. Traveling and primitive camping are in her roots but Silvia also grew up fishing and exploring the Atchafalaya Basin with her dad. When Silvia is not assisting customers or managing The Last Wilderness Swamp tours, she is gardening, cooking, tending to her family farm, and spending time with her family. Silvia habla Español.