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Fox Island Sea Kayaking

Puget Sound, Carr Inlet

Seattle + Tacoma Metro Area, Washington

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  • A kayak sits at the boat launch near the Fox Island Bridge.- Fox Island Sea Kayaking
  • Depending on the direction of the tide, kayakers choose either a clockwise or counterclockwise course around Fox Island.  - Fox Island Sea Kayaking
  • A good rest stop is at the Fox Island Fishing Pier on the southeastern tip of the island.- Fox Island Sea Kayaking
  • A good rest stop is at the Fox Island Fishing Pier on the southeastern tip of the island.- Fox Island Sea Kayaking
  • Abandoned buildings along the shoreline of Fox Island.- Fox Island Sea Kayaking
  • Houses and private property line most of the coastline of Fox Island.- Fox Island Sea Kayaking
  • Abandoned structures along Fox Island's shoreline.- Fox Island Sea Kayaking
  • Sailboats moored off of Fox Island with Mount Rainier (14,411') in the distance.  - Fox Island Sea Kayaking
  • The Tacoma Narrows Bridge.- Fox Island Sea Kayaking
  • The Tacoma Narrows Bridge.- Fox Island Sea Kayaking
  • Mount Rainier (14,411') as viewed from the Fox Island Boat Launch.- Fox Island Sea Kayaking
  • - Fox Island Sea Kayaking
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Protected paddle. Close to Tacoma. Great views.
Cons: 
Mostly private shoreline.
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Region:
Seattle + Tacoma Metro Area, WA
Congestion: 
Low
Site characteristics: Water: 
Sound/Strait
Motorized watercraft allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Portage required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
13.00 mi (20.92 km)
Water difficulty: 
Easy / Class A
Current Local Weather:
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Paddle Description

Paddle Description

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Kayaking around Fox Island makes for a great day trip with wonderful views of Mount Rainier and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge along the way. Fox Island can be approached from several different launch sites including the Fox Island Boat Launch as well as Titlow Park. Paddlers deciding to launch from Titlow Park should be experienced with strong currents while crossing the Tacoma Narrows. Depending on the direction of the currents through Hale Passage, kayakers can decide to make a clockwise or counterclockwise trip around the island. Circumnavigating Fox Island offers a varied coastline with private property and large houses as well as large stretches of uninhabited beaches including Fox Island Fishing Pier, which offers a nice place to get out and stretch your legs.

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