Emergency Info

Call 911 for ALL EMERGENCIES.

ISLAND MANAGER (253) 985-3812 (business hours)
ON-ISLAND CONTACT (253) 985-3812 / Ext 6 (emergencies only)
Pierce County Sheriff (253) 798-4940
Fire Department - Station 55 (253) 798-4940
Pierce County Emergency Management (253) 798-6595
2012 Pierce County Emergency Mgt - Winter Weather Info
Raft Island Hazard Mitigation Plan 2015 - 2020

Message Board

Services

  • Utilities

    • WATER

      Washington Water Service Company serves Raft Island residents and maintains two on-Island wells with individual bi-monthly billing cycles. Access customer service 24/7 by calling (877) 408-4060. A water system upgrade is ongoing. As part of that service, they completed the first phase of a water main replacement project in 2011 and a second phase in 2012. A letter dated October 10, 2012, below was mailed to all residents and provides an overview of their work schedule. If you have questions or would like to contact them directly, call (877) 408-4060 or call the Construction Superintendent, Dan Brown, directly at (253) 851-4060.
    • ELECTRIC

      Peninsula Light Company is member-owned and provides metered service to Island residents. If you are interested in generators, or burying overhead lines from the streetface to your home, contact PLC directly or call (253) 857-5950.

      To report an outage call (253) 853-1388.

    • GAS

      Puget Sound Energy provides gas service to the Island. For more information call (888) 225-5773.
    • GARBAGE

      Amercian Disposal Service bills bi-monthly with refuse pick-ups on Tuesdays. Recyclables and Yard Waste pick-ups alternate weekly. Call Murrey's Disposal at ()866) 740-2455 for more information.
    • TELEPHONE

      There are a number of telephone services available in our area. The most common service providers are AT&T, CenturyLink, Qwest and Comcast.
    • CABLE TV

      Comcast and DirectTV.
  • POLICE

    Pierce County serves Raft Island under their Peninsula Detachment

    The Peninsula Detachment provides law enforcement services for the residents of the Gig Harbor Peninsula from the Narrows Bridge to the Kitsap County line, including the Key Peninsula. To view the area patrolled by detachment deputies, download the PDF version of the Peninsula Detachment Map.

    The Pierce County Sheriff can be reached by calling (253) 798-4940.

    For ALL EMERGENCIES dial 911.
  • SCHOOLS

    Raft Island is served by the Peninsula School District: K-12 Voyager Elementary School, Kopachuck Middle School and Gig Harbor High School. Peninsula Buses pick-up and drop-off at the entrance of the Island at Kopachuck Road. For more information on bus routes call PSD at (253) 530-1000.

  • POSTAL SERVICES

    Mail is delivered on the Island. Mail-boxes should be placed at the street within 18 inches from the edge of the pavement. For all mail inquiries and post office box information contact the Gig Harbor Post Office directly.

  • VOTER REGISTRATION

    Permanent residents of Raft Island belong to the Pierce County Voting District. To
    Register to Vote or request a Vote-By-Mail ballot, call (253) 798-8683.
  • TRANSIT SERVICES

    No public transit buses serve the area at this time.
  • REAL ESTATE POSTINGS

    The links below represent google-indexed real estate search sites.

Member Dues

  • Payment Options

    Effective July 1, 2015, you will notice some changes with the RIIA monthly payments. We are now using a payment processing center in Nevada. Effective July 1, 2015, the monthly assessment is $165.00 per month. Your assessment is due the first of each month and late after the 10th. Read the payment directions

    You can set up recurring payments, pay by electronic check, or pay by credit card (a 3% charge is added for credit card payments).

  • Pay Your Dues Online
  • Dues are assessed per lot. The amount includes the cost for functions of the RIIA, such as maintenance of the island's assets ( bridge, roads, drainage, tree trimming, parks, the tennis court, etc.)

  • The amount varies annually. Dues can be paid annually in June or in monthly installments. If you have questions or input, please contact the Island Manager or RIIA Board President.

  • Raft Island's Collections Policy

Security

As a private Island, we follow "neighborhood watch" rules. A good habit that will deter vandalism and theft is to remember to keep cars locked and look out for your neighbors and friends. Keep your yard/parking area well-lit and report anything suspicious to the Island Manager. Thank you

To ensure safety for the general and boating public, jumping off the Raft Island Bridge is prohibited.

A Raft Island Security Committee manages all security and safety considerations for the Island. In case of an emergency, call 911.

No Jumping From The Bridge

Island Policies and Rules

  • Raft Island Policies
  • View or download a copy of the TREE & VEGETATION PLAN.

  • Burn Ban

    Pierce County Fire Station #55 serves Raft Island and the Rosedale Area. Contact Pierce County to review current air quality and Burn Ban Status or to acquire a Burn Permit for all outdoor burning at (253) 851-3111.

  • Parking

    Parking for the South Beach is located just above the Park entrance and requires a Current Parking Sticker.

    Note: Vehicles without a current sticker will be towed at the owner's expense. During the summer season, the limited number of parking spaces available to Island residents makes this policy especially important to honor. If you have guests with cars, please ask them to park on your private property and walk to the Park. Call the Island Manager to receive your Parking Sticker.

  • Jumping or Diving off the Bridge / Dock Railings

    Jumping off the Raft Island Bridge or the railings on the dock walkway is prohibited. Read the policy.

Island Roads

For reference, your can examine the Raft Island Plat Map.

Lot owners may wish to review the bid package and contract (in blank) for the upcoming road project.
These documents are for Raft Island lot owners' information only. Contractors who desire a copy should contact Raft Island's consultant: Richard Day rjdassoc@centurytel.net 253.279.4905

Current and historical maintenance and cost summary through March 2016.

Here is an estimate from our roads consultant, Richard Day for the breakout of the road pavement costs per each private roadway on Raft Island.

You can also examine his final report, along with supporting exhibits and a revised budget.

View the final version of the roads survey results.

There is a great deal of information about the Island roads in the Spring Newsletter.

See the Raft Island Right-of-Way Vegetation and Tree Management Plan to examine the 2016 proposed policy.

Or, you can examine the 2010 policy.

Also see the Roads Ballot Q&A for additional information.

Please contact Roads Chairman Scott Wood (c/o the Island Manager) if you have any comments or questions on roads.

Excerpt from the Tree Management Plan:
"With the advent of underground utilities executed on the Island some 10 years ago, cessation of power line right of way clearing and maintenance created a general lack of maintenance for our roadway’s vegetation and tree growth. Since that time, the right of way for many of our road ways paths and right-of-ways has been encroached to the point where the usable roadway allows only single car access or prevents the use of some of our designated pathways."

Parks and Recreation

  • Parks

    There are two Community Parks on Raft Island. The South Beach (below) is located next to the Bridge on the south side of the Island and includes a members-only boat launch, dock and ramp, boat storage, picnic tables, water fountain, benches and community BBQ's. During the summer months, a port-o-potty and dumpster are positioned for seasonal use.

    Use of the park is reserved for members and their guests only. Parking within the gated area is prohibited. A gate key is required for access to the boat launch. Use of the launch is on a first-come / first-serve basis. Park hours are from sunrise to 10pm. The dock is for pick-up and drop-off only with no transient moorage allowed. Remember, jumping off the Raft Island Bridge is prohibited.

    South Park

    The North Beach (below) is located on the far north side of the Island facing Henderson Bay with spectacular sunsets and views of the Olympic Mountains. Amenities include benches, a stairway to the beach, a BBQ, and picnic tables. Please note that this is a "walk-in" area with only two community parking stalls. There are no garbage receptacles on-site so please plan on carrying out waste.

    Raft Island North Beach
  • Tennis Court

    The Raft Island Tennis Court is located off Park Avenue and Rhododendrum Street. It is open to all members in good standing on a first-come / first-serve basis. The recreation space includes a fenced play area, bench, basketball hoop and one court. There is also on-site parking for two vehicles. Please contact the Island Manager for more information or to report any problems with the Tennis Court.

    Please keep animals off the courts. Their messes require clean-up that others are forced to do. Help keep the court in good shape for everyone. Thank you!

    Raft Island Tennis Court
  • Boat Launch

    Use of the Raft Island Boat Launch is reserved for community members in good standing only. One Gate Key is provided upon request for $5 per lot. Use of the boat launch is on a first-come / first serve basis. Parking within the Park is prohibited. Help protect the area by keeping the gate closed and locked. Call the Raft Island Manager to arrange for payment and mailing or pick-up of a gate key.

    Please report any problems or issues that require immediate attention to the Security Chair and/or Island Manager.

    Raft Island Boat Launch

    Parking for the South Beach (below) is located just above the Park entrance and requires a Current Parking Sticker.

    Note: Vehicles without a current sticker will be towed at the owner's expense. During the summer season, the limited number of parking spaces available to Island residents makes this policy especially important to honor. If you have guests with cars, please ask them to park on your private property and walk to the Park. Call the Island Manager to receive your Parking Sticker.

    Raft Island Boat Launch From Above
  • Water and Boating Safety Guidelines

    Read the Washington State and Pierce County boating and safety guidelines.

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Volunteers

The community of Raft Island has raised hundreds of families over the years. A recent poll shows that the average home ownership is 18+ years. That says a lot about our neighborhoods.

As a private island, WE keep our neighborhoods safe and our parks clean. If you live here and can help, we need you! A current TO DO's & NEEDS LIST will be posted here. If you can contribute or have items to add, please contact the Island Manager.

The South Beach is the focus of an annual 4th of July Fireworks Display and the summer draws boaters, picnics, parties and beach-combing every year. In order to make our island even more enjoyable, there are a number of opportunities available to residents. All it takes is you.

If you are an old-timer on the Island or just looking for an opportunity to meet your neighbors, please consider becoming a volunteer. If you’d like to initiate a new Holiday Event, Island-Wide Swap Meet, Clean-Up Day, or any other community event, please call the Island Manager for more information

In the meantime, we could use volunteers for:

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
This group will be facilitated by Pierce County Emergency Management Services. In the event of a natural disaster (fire, earthquake, landslide, etc.), “block leaders” will have access to contact information and critical details regarding unattended pets, our elderly, on-island generators and equipment, a list of block captains, notification standards and emergency protocols that could be life-saving in case of an emergency. Please contact the Island Manager for more information.

To Do's & Needs List

  • CULVERT CARE

    Please remember to keep the culverts that border your property clear of debris. Standing water can undermine the roads and breed mosquitoes. Trenching is a once-a year event that depends on lot-owner maintenance the rest of the year. Please contact the Island Manager if you have questions or input.

  • TRIMMING & PRUNING

    When each lot owner maintains their streetface vegetation and growth, we all benefit. Please do your share by keeping the trees and vegetation on your property trimmed for safe vehicle access and visibility.

  • TENNIS COURT SURFACE CLEANING

    Pressure washing seems like the best idea... a commercial hot water / steam unit would be ideal. Any one with access to one of these, please let the Island Manager know!

  • ISLAND WIDE SWAP MEET

    If you are interested in organizing this event, please contact the Island Manager for a list of other participants.

Maps

Social Media

External Links To Useful Resources For Island Residents
  • Raft Island Community Connection Lost and Found, Free Stuff, Whatever you'd like to talk about with your friends and neighbors.
  • Take a look at these pictures taken at the 2016 Raft Island Halloween Party.

History

Excerpt from The History of Raft Island

"The first written record of Raft Island came in 1792 when English Navy Captain Peter Puget, on his exploration of the entire Sound south of present-day Seattle, wrote in his journal that he had landed on a small island off the mouth of Horsehead Bay. Later in the late 1830's a U.S. Navy expedition under the command of Captain Charles Wilkes named the island Allshouse Island after Joseph Allshouse, a crew-member of the U.S.S. Vincennes. Allhouse's good fortune was short-lived, however. On October 30, 1841, after the Vincennes had completed its expedition, a storm arose while the ship was in San Francisco Bay. At 4am Allshouse was coming out of the hatchway to go on watch duty when a loose wooden spar pinned him to the hatch combing. It took five minutes before the spar could be removed and although it did not appear he was seriously injured at first, Allshouse died of internal injuries at 7:30 am. Despite the honor given to Allshouse by Wilkes, the name that came to be placed on maps was Raft Island. This name was given to the island because people thought it looked like a raft floating on the water right next to the mainland."