About...

A Private Island...

...just ten minutes (5.5 miles) from the city of Gig Harbor, Raft Island is located on the Puget Sound with spectacular sunsets and views of Henderson Bay, the Olympic Mountains, and Cutts Island or "Deadmans" (pictured above). Connected to the mainland by a new, modern concrete bridge (which replaced the 788-foot timber bridge in 2014), there are approximately 200 homes on 160 acres.  Islanders enjoy two community beaches, a boatlaunch, park areas and a tennis court.  The Island is managed by the Raft Island Improvement Association (RIIA) and an Island Manager.

Notices...

Road Reconstruction Project

Rain Delay: due to the rains on Thursday, June 15th, the remaining paving schedule will slip per the updated schedule below.

The road reconstruction project started June 1. We appreciate everyone's cooperation and patience as the project has gotten underway.

The actual paving began on Monday, June 12th. View a map/schedule (revised 6/16) showing which sections of roadway are planned for each day. Paving will start at 7:00 am and finish around 5:30 pm. Per the schedule, there is no driving in areas being paved.

The newly paved surfaces can be driven on as soon as they have cooled (about 3 hours).

Regarding parking...residents may want to "stage" a vehicle away from their home to prevent any possibility of being temporarily blocked in during the paving on their street. Any blockages should be for only a few hours at most. Please do not use the WA Water property or the South Beach parking areas to stage vehicles as these areas will need to be used by the paving equipment. You may park at the gravel area on the mainland side of the bridge as well as at the All Saints Camp. There is limited availability at both these sites, however, so if possible, make arrangements with friends or neighbors on other parts of the island to park at their homes on your scheduled paving day.

Murrey's Disposal will be on the island Tuesday and will get to all homes that they can to collect the garbage and recycling. If they cannot get to any homes due to the paving activity, they will pick up additional cans or bags of trash on the following Tuesday for no additional charge. If the Post Office can't reach a home one day, they will deliver on the following day.

Also, please note that the speed bump locations indicated in red are tentative only. The board has not yet made final decisions as to either the placement, location or size/style of any speedbumps.

Please DRIVE SLOWLY (the speed limit is still 15 MPH even without speedbumps) and allow extra time for travelling on and off the island.

Maple and Cedar Lanes

During the process of grinding up the asphalt and prepping the roadbed for the new asphalt, several water leaks on the Washington Water main pipes were discovered on Cedar Lane. We are not sure if the work caused the leaks of if the leaks were preexisting, but the asphalt contractor, Miles, does not want to be held liable if future water leaks occur and the road subgrade is damaged.

The water lines on Cedar and Maple are scheduled to be replaced during a Phase 7 project, which is estimated to be in 2019. The RIIA board has some concerns that future repairs may be needed and eventually the road may need to be cut to accommodate the new lines. We’ve asked Washington Water if they could replace the main lines now since the road is torn up, but they’ve told us they don’t have it in the budget. They did say, they may have a method to replace the line that may not require cutting the new asphalt.

The residents on Maple and Cedar should be aware of the potential issues and future patching that may be necessary.

Roads

Ballot results from the March 20 Special Roads Meeting

The island voted on the proposal to approve the expense and paving of Maple and Cedar Lanes.
The results were: YES: 106 NO: 29
The ballot measure passed and Maple and Cedar lanes will be repaved with all the other roads on the island.

Thank you to all who participated.

See the current Newletter for more information about the upcoming road renovation project, and the roadside drainage project that preceeds it.


RIIA Board

The Annual Meeting was held on May 15 at 7 pm. All residents of Raft Island received a ballot and agenda in advance, by mail.

Board meetings are held at 7 pm on the third Monday of every month (except in unusual circumstances). Check the Calendar of Events (on the Menu) for the next date and time.


From The Island Manager

Pay Your Dues Online Read more in Menu >> Community Page >> Member Dues

  • Break-ins on the island are an unfortunate fact of life. It is important to take every precaution to prevent theft and burglary. Keep doors locked and garage doors closed, even during the daylight hours!

Policy

Other policies (such as boat launch, parks and recrecation, parking and street maintenance) can be found on the Community page.

Maps

Area

Map of Raft Island and Gig Harbor

Aerial Photo of Raft Island

Lot Map

To add or change your email on the RIIA EMAIL LIST please contact the Island Manager

To join the Raft Island Community Message Board see the Community page, >> Message Board >> and follow the instructions.