The Port of Excursion Inlet is part of Alaska's Haines Borough. Lying on the west coast of Lynn Canal, the Port of Excursion Inlet is 52 nautical miles west of the Port of Juneau (61 kilometers or 38 miles by air). While the Port of Excursion Inlet is not accessible by road, it does have a public seaplane base in addition to the port.
The Port of Excursion Inlet was an Alaska Native village, but the name was first mentioned in 1943. During the second World War, the Port of Excursion Inlet was the site of a prisoner-of-war camp. It was also a military base used for the Aleutian Campaign when a small Japanese force occupied the Alaskan islands of Attu and Kiska.
There has been a fish cannery in the Port of Excursion Inlet since 1981, and it still operates today. Owned by Ocean Beauty Seafoods since 2003, the Excursion Inlet Cannery is one of the world's biggest fish canneries. The plant processes pink and chum salmon, salmon roe, salmon caviar, halibut, and sablefish. The fishing season lasts from June until September.
The 2000 Census reported that the Port of Excursion Inlet has a population of 10, most of them retired. Most of the 85 homes there are used for weekend cabins. None of the homes has complete power; they get electricity from individual generators.
The Port of Excursion Inlet is a natural coastal harbor that offers good shelter for visiting vessels. Pilotage, provisions, and potable water are available at the Port of Excursion Inlet.
The Port of Excursion Inlet enjoys a maritime climate with mild winters and cool summers. Average temperatures range from a low of -10°C (13°F) to a high of 24°C (76°F).