Tumbo Island Anchorage Gulf Islands
Tumbo Island (Gulf Islands National Park Reserve). Tumbo Island, privately owned until recently, is now part of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. Dogs must be on a leash. Trials lead through the island although getting to them can be a challenge. The island goes straight up from the water, so you’ll have to climb some rocks. Once there, you can find remnants of the island’s commercial past in the forest and fields.
Coal mining was attempted in the early 1900s, but the shafts flooded and the effort was abandoned. In the 1920s and 1930s, foxes were raised. The original fox farm homestead can still be seen on the island. Horses were brought across the sandbar between the two islands, then slaughtered and butchered. One horse, flesh and bone ground to mash was consumed every three days.
The landowner who sold Tumbo Island to the reserve has a life tenancy for the house and a small area surrounding the house. If someone is in residence there, please respect their privacy.
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