Hollis is located in P. of Wales-Outer Ketchikan Census Area on Prince of Wales Island about 35 nautical miles west of Ketchikan. It is listed in Alaska Marine Highway ferry schedules as the port of call for Prince of Wales Island, which is actually at Clark Bay, about two miles away.
Hollis was a mining town in the early part of the century, and later became a logging and timber town until 1962, when the operation was moved to Thorne Bay. State land sales have promoted growth as a residential area recently.
Perhaps the most notable feature about Hollis is the prolific rain forest that grows in the area. The mountains and river valleys are covered with lush green forests. The area also offers world-class salmon and steelhead fishing.