The Port of Thorne Bay is part of Alaska's SEAtrails system, a collection of trails in and around 19 southeast Alaska communities. The trails provide opportunities for cultural walks, biking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and diving. Within the full-service Port of Thorne Bay, visitors will find lodgings, food, fuel, supplies, and charters. Residents and visitors alike enjoy outings at Sandy Beach. Annual events include the Prince of Wales Fair and Logging Show, New Years Day marathon, and community potlucks.
The Port of Thorne Bay enjoys a maritime climate that is normally moist, cool, and comfortable. While there is rain every month, November tends to be the wettest month of the year and July the driest. Temperatures range from 0°C (32°F) to 5°C (42°F) in the winter and from 9°C (49°F) to 17°C (63°F) in the summer. The Port of Thorne Bay gets about 85 inches of rain each year, including 12 inches of snow.
The Port of Thorne Bay is not easy to reach. Alaska's Inter-Island Ferry Authority has a daily service from Ketchikan to the Port of Hollis about 95 kilometers (59 miles) from the Port of Thorne Bay. Passengers on the Alaska Marine Highway System transfer to the Inter-Island Ferry in Ketchikan and then drive from Hollis to the Port of Thorne Bay. While Prince William Island has no public transportation system, there are car rental services on Prince William Island. A private shuttle meets the ferry and transports passengers to Craig.
Visitors can also connect with a small air carrier after arriving at Ketchikan on Alaska Airlines. Several air services offer services to the islands in southeast Alaska. Several air taxi companies have regular or charter services to the Port of Thorne Bay: Taquan Air, Promech Air, Pacific Airways, Family Air Tours, and Southeast Aviation.