Fox Island is an island and census-designated place (CDP) in Pierce County, Washington, United States, inPuget Sound.The population was 3,633 at the 2010 census.
In 1792, during the Vancouver Expedition, Peter Puget led an exploration party through southern Puget Sound. After an encounter with local Indians ended with Puget ordering a musket fired as warning, the exploration party retreated to Fox Island, where they made camp for the night.
In 1856, during the Puget Sound War, most of the Puyallup and "non-hostile" Nisqually Indians, totaling about 500 people, were removed to Fox Island.The first non-Indians settled on Fox island in 1856, just after the war ended.The most important change to this community happened in 1954 when the Fox Island Bridge was completed, connecting Fox Island to the mainland. This allowed easy access to businesses, schools, and medical facilities outside the island.