Port Protection is only accessible by plane or boat.
Stay a week and you’ll know everybody in town.
The small community of Port Protection, recently featured the National Geographic series of the same name, is located on the northern end of Prince of Wales Island, Alaska, in Wooden Wheel Cove.
- Regular plane service is infrequent, so you most visitors take a charter floatplane, usually from Ketchikan.
- The Inter-Island Ferry runs daily year-round between Ketchikan and Hollis, on the eastern shore of Prince of Wales Island. The trip takes about 3 hours.
- You can bring your own car on the ferry or rent one in Hollis. Drive about 100 adventurous miles north, where you’ll be a short boat ride away from Port Protection. Many residents leave a vehicle at the gravel boat launch at Labouchere Bay, a little more than a mile from the community.
Port Protection’s remote location insulates it from the larger world and provides a true get-away for the intrepid traveler who wants to be fully immersed in a quaint Alaskan community. The few dozen residents who survive here year-round offer insight into the independent lifestyle responsible for developing much of Alaska – and they’re super friendly to boot!
By ferry / car / boat
It is set on the shore of Sumner Strait, almost hidden among the trees. As you approach, you’ll see a handful of homes, with Calder Mountain in the background.
A quaint Alaskan community located on the northern end of Prince of Wales Island