Fox Island is a unique island community in the Puget Sound, just south of Gig Harbor and accessed by the Fox Island Bridge. It is home to over 3,000 residents who enjoy the quiet tranquility of island life, surrounded by miles of shoreline and vista views of ocean, flanked by Mount Rainier to the east and the Olympic Mountains to the west.
Gig Harbor and Tacoma are only a few minutes’ drive away and nearby Tanglewood Island (accessed by boat) is a stone’s throw. Fox Island’s own DeMolay SandSpit Nature Preserve offers a sandy spit for walking or sunning (or swimming if you’re brave), a picnic area, and a stunning view of Hales Passage. Fox Island is known for its beautiful beaches, clay babies, fishing, crabbing, kayaking, and scuba diving, as well as its active non-profit community service organizations, churches, and strong sense of community.
There are very few businesses on the island, which contributes to the peaceful way of life enjoyed by its residents. The Fox Island Post Office, Grocery Store, Zog’s and a few other small businesses can be found at the center of the island on Fox Drive, just off of Island Boulevard.
The Nichols Community Center is a source of great pride on the island, having undergone several years of careful restoration to bring it back to its former glory as the original school house on the island. Built in 1933, it served the community as the Fox Island School until 1954. Nowadays, the children on Fox Island are bussed to the mainland to attend schools in the Peninsula School District, and the re-named Nichols Community Center is used as a local gathering place and event venue. Managed by the FICRA Trust (Fox Island Community Recreation Association), plans continue to progress for future restoration and preservation.
Fox Island is also proud to boast a Citizens Safety Patrol, which mobilizes local volunteers to patrol of the island regularly, boosting the safety and security of local residents. Other grassroots efforts include the Fox Island Emergency Preparedness Committee, recently featured on a KING-5 news report about disaster preparedness.