Cutts Island, Carr Inlet

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Cutts Island, Carr Inlet

by | Dec 3, 2019

Cutts Island is a public recreation area comprising the entirety of a two-acre (0.81 ha) island in Carr Inlet, located in South Puget Sound about 13 miles (21 km) northwest of Tacoma, and 1.8 miles (2.9 km) southwest of Rosedale, Washington. The island is a clay butte with a stand of trees and a teardrop-shaped beach at low tide, located 0.5 miles (0.8 km) offshore from Kopachuck State Park and is accessible only by water.

Cutts Island has also been known as “Crow Island,” after the crows found in abundance on the island in 1792 by Lieutenant Peter Puget who served on Captain George Vancouver explorations of the Pacific Northwest from 1791–1795. The 1841 Wilkes Expedition named it “Scotts Island” after the quartermaster Thomas Scott. The belief that the island served as a burial ground for Native American tribes who placed their dead in canoes in the forks of trees gave birth to the name “Deadman’s Island”. The origin of the name “Cutts Island” is not known.

Today, Cutts Island is part of a marine protected area of 351 acres (142 ha). Washington has 127 marine protected areas managed by eleven different federal, state, and local agencies. These sites occur in Puget Sound and on the outer coast and cover approximately 644,000 acres (260,618 ha) of shoreline. Though camping is not permitted on or around Cutts Island, mooring buoys are available for boats. During seal pupping season, pups will rest on the beach during low tide. The beach on Cutts island is popular for collecting butter clams. Native littleneck clams and horse clams can be also be found in pockets of sand and gravel throughout the beach. Read more here and here. Explore more of Cutts Island here:

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