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, 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.

Fox Island to Penrose Point

11 nm round trip, Difficulty: Sea Kayak III

A moderate sea kayak crossing Carr Inlet from Fox Island to Penrose Point.

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.

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 Penrose Point
  • Fox Island to Toliva Shoal
  • Toliva Shoal

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