Located on the eastern side of the Kenai Peninsula and south of the Chugach Mountains, Prince William Sound is renowned for stunning mountain views, calving glaciers, abundant marine wildlife, and world-class fishing.
Most of the land surrounding Prince William Sound is within the Chugach National Forest, the second-largest national forest in the United States. The Sound and surrounding waterways are also part of the Alaska State Marine Parks. The marine parks allow public access to the coastal environment, the islands throughout the Sound, and the ability for boats to anchor. Twenty state parks can be found around the Sound, and more than 10,000 glaciers.
Enclosed by mountains and glaciers and protected from the high seas by barrier islands, Prince William Sound represents one of Alaska’s premier recreation areas for water-based activities. Charters and scheduled day tours for sportfishing, guided kayaking, and glacier cruises can be found in the port towns of Whittier, Valdez, and Cordova. Each city has its unique charm but a common connection with the water, fishing, and glaciers.
Whittier and Valdez can be accessed via the road system from both Anchorage and Fairbanks. Cordova has daily flights on Alaska Airlines from Anchorage and summer flights from Juneau and Seattle.