Port Protection has recently become a household name, thanks to the National Geographic reality series Port Protection Alaska. A visit to this stunning island community is certainly worth considering as its unique location, unrivaled fishing opportunities, population, and demographics make for a glimpse into a rugged yet rewarding way of life in Southeast Alaska.
Located in the northwest corner of Prince of Wales Island in Wooden Wheel Cove, Port Protection is only accessible by boat or plane and boasts less than 40 full-time residents. Known for its unforgiving winters and lack of amenities and common conveniences, those who live in this remote community have a real love for solitude and certainly live up to the absolute fortitude required to call this place home.
For visitors, Port Protection is best experienced during the summer months, where you’ll find the most adventures to be had and places to explore.
Things To Do
With coho and king salmon, yelloweye rockfish, gargantuan lingcod and halibut in plentiful numbers, visitors make the trek to Port Protection to take in the thrill of a day’s full catch. Details on regulations and options are available from the town's only charter, and because fishing here is the primary visitor activity and lodging is limited, be sure to reserve well in advance! The charter offers fully guided or self-guided tours, along with accommodations and freshly prepared seafood meals throughout your stay.
Visit Stairway to Heaven
These steps lead to a ridge that overlooks the town, offering a great view of the incredible landscape that surrounds Port Protection’s Wooden Wheel Cove. Keep an eye out for land and marine wildlife.
Community Activities in Port Protection
The town’s community building offers activities throughout the summer, including the Port Protection Solstice Festival and other celebrations and games. While there are no roads in town, the boardwalk allows you to venture through the community, while enjoying the scenery and wildlife at a leisurely pace. Enjoy kayaking, archery, or sit back and grab a beer at The Dog House – the only bar in town!
Staying in Port Protection
There are minimal amenities in the area, with just one trading post that offers laundry, a liquor store, groceries, and a hardware store, and lodging operated by the fishing charter company. But don’t let that deter you – the town is as friendly and accommodating as can be.
It’s important to note that the town only offers certain amenities during the spring and summer months and that, during the winter, transportation and amenities are limited. Because the community is an unincorporated area, medical services are not readily available year-round, so those seeking care will need to be flown to Ketchikan or Sitka for assistance.
Whether your travels bring you to Port Protection for the views, community, fishing – or all of the above, it is sure to be an unforgettable experience.
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