Fox Island

Fox Island

Brief History

A journey over the bridge brings you to Fox Island, a quiet and unique little community.

As you cross the bridge you will notice the iconic lighthouse of Tanglewood Island. The island was a summer home of Conrad L. Hoska, a prominent figure in Tacoma in the 1900’s.

It was also home to Lila Bell Acheson. She taught school on the island during the 1910-1911 school year. In 1912 Lila ran the YWCA camp on Fox Island. She married DeWitt Wallace and together they started the Reader’s Digest.

Another prominent figure off the island was Dixie Lee Ray, the first woman governor of Washington State from 1977-1981. Her family spent summers on the island. At age 12 she climbed Mount Rainier, making her the youngest girl on record to have done so at that time.

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Community Vibe

Fox Island a truly a little gem of a community. It feels like a close, friendly community. Even though it is a smaller island, there is still plenty for you to do and see. This island seems to have a little bit of everything, from social hot spots to quaint little stores to shop.

Take a drive down Island Blvd Fi and visit the Fox Island Grocery & Deli and the Post Office or get a history lesson at the Historical Society Museum and grab a gift at the Fox Island Trading Company. Island Blvd Fi will take you all the way to the end of the island where you can stop at the Fishing Pier and take in the picturesque views of Mt. Rainier, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, as well as Gig Harbor and Tacoma.


Helpful Links


Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit Nature Preserve

Fishing Pier

Historical Society Museum

Nichols Community Center

Fox Island Yacht Club


Fox Island Area School Information

Searching within a 4 Mile Radius of 98333.

School NameCityGrade RangeRating
Steilacoom Classical Academy
Gig Harbor Academy
Gig HarborPK-5
Artondale Elementary School
Gig HarborPK-57
Goodman Middle School
Gig Harbor6-86
Sunset Primary School
University PlaceK-49