in the Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area
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Geography and Climate
- Located on the northern tip of Prince of Wales Island, Port Protection is 145 miles south of Juneau and 50 miles west of Wrangell. It lies in the Tongass National Forest.
- Prince of Wales Island is dominated by a cool, moist, maritime climate. Average summer temperatures range from 49 to 63 °F; winter temperatures average from 32 to 42 °F. Average annual precipitation is 120 inches, with 40 inches of snow.
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History and Culture
- "Wooden Wheel" Johnson became the first resident in the early 1900s. His store, fuel dock, and fish-buying scow enabled trollers to stop for supplies and safe anchor on their trips north and south. In 1946, Laurel "Buckshot" Woolery opened the B.S. Trading Post and fish-buying station. In the 1950s, a warehouse was built with the plan to eventually create a shrimp cannery. The cannery idea was never realized, and the building now stands empty. Woolery closed his trading post in 1973. State land disposal programs have enabled the area to be permanently settled.
- Port Protection is a small non-Native fishing community. There are no roads, and most homes lie along the waterfront.
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- Sale by specific type of license only.
Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- The community is accessible by float plane and boat. A state-owned seaplane base is available. Skiffs are used for local travel, and there is a boat harbor and launch ramp. Port Protection does not have direct access to the Prince of Wales road system, airport, or ferry service. Residents travel to Point Baker for mail. Freight arrives by chartered boat or floatplane.
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