Fox Island Circumnavigation

Sea kayak 11 nautical miles around Fox Island in South Puget Sound, just 5 miles from Gig Harbor. It's a South Sound classic. Also consider padding across Carr Inlet to Penrose Point, paddlign to Hale Passage & Wollochet Bay, paddling in Toliva Shoal, or hiking on the island's beaches.

launch points

  • Towhead Island Boat Launch at the west end of the Fox Island bridge.
  • Titlow Park
  • Access can also be gained at the fishing pier at Fox Island's south end. This is also a good pull out for lunch on the circumnavigation.

On the Water

Fox Island Circumnavigation

11 nm circumnavigation, Difficulty: sea Kayak III

Paddle around the island in either direction.

Toliva Shoal

A marine preserve marked by a buoy just south of Fox Island. The area is free of fishing boats and experiences conditions from flat to dynamic water depending on the wind and current conditions.

Hale Passage & Wollochet Bay

Difficulty: Sea Kayak II/III

On the Trail

A little known island just 5 miles from Gig Harbor accessible by the Fox Island Bridge via Artondale. A great place to walk along the beach and enjoy the sand spits in a rarely visited part of Puget Sound. Hikes are up to 7 miles round trip and mostly flat.


  • Account for potentially strong tidal currents at the north end of Hale Passage and the southern tip of the island when planning a trip.
  • Difficulty: Sea Kayak III
  • Length: 11.0 nm
  • Land Manager: Land Manager Varies
  • Parking Permit Required: see Land Manager
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • MapTech Puget Sound Chart No. 100
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  • Fox Island
  • Fox Island to Toliva Shoal
  • Toliva Shoal
  • Hale Passage & Wollochet Bay

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