Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit Park

All parks are open from 7 am to dusk

Shoreline Restoration Study

Along the sandspit beach at the park, there are about 600 feet of failing bulkhead. PenMet Parks is partnering with the Pierce County Conservation District to address the removal of this failing shoreline armor to reconnect marine riparian vegetation and restore sediment processes that support the sandspit. 

Learn more about the Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit Park Shoreline Restoration Study.

Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit Park Master Plan and Phase I Improvement Project

The development of a master plan to guide the final design for the highest priority improvements to public access at Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit Park. Design and construction of phase I improvements.

Learn more and get involved in the master plan development process.

Walk the Beach With Harbor WildWatch

Summer Beach Walks

Participants will leave with greater awareness and respect for the natural world and tips on how to be a good steward for the Salish Sea in and around Gig Harbor’s waterways. Join Harbor WildWatch for beach walks at Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit, scheduled for July and August.

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Property Description

The Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit was acquired in 2010 by PenMet Parks and is actively managed to preserve natural features and allow low-impact public access with special care given to protecting vegetation and wildlife. The park is just over five acres on the northwest tip of Fox Island, offering passive recreation opportunities including viewpoints, wooded trail system, picnicking, parking, restrooms, and water access for non-motorized water-craft.

Part of the Cascadia Marine Trail System

This park is one of PenMet Parks’ waterfront sites for use with non-motorized watercraft by the Washington Water Trails Association (WWTA). Specifically, Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit is one of three of the PenMet Parks within the Cascadia Marine Trail, also including Sunrise Beach Park and Narrows Park.

When You Visit

Please remember that this sandspit (also known as Bella Bella Beach) is a special place. You can help make sure everyone can enjoy it by:

  • Parking only in designated areas along the fence or in the parking lot, and refraining from parking in no parking zones on Bella Bella Drive.
  • Leaving natural items where you found them. Moving driftwood or removing natural materials from the beach is prohibited.
  • Keeping pets on leash at all times. The sensitive nature of the sandspit can be damaged by off-leash dogs.
  • Do not trespass onto neighboring properties.
  • Alcohol, open flames, and fireworks are prohibited at all times.
  • Familiarizing yourself with park regulations, which apply to all visitors and activities.

The use of the sandspit is intended to allow low-impact activity with special care given to protecting vegetation and wildlife. Thank you for respecting this unique location.

Parking is allowed in designated areas only. Do not park in no-parking zones along the roadway, and be prepared to access the site by drop-off or walk-in from legal parking locations elsewhere during high-use times. It is important to respect the private property owners in the area by only parking lawfully.

Increased Staffing Resumes in Summer 2024

With an expected increase in visitors, PenMet Parks will once again provide an increased site presence during the summer to help ensure a positive and safe experience for visitors and neighbors. Click the following link to learn more: https://penmetparks.org/news-announcments/

If you have any questions or wish to share feedback, please call PenMet Parks at (253) 858-3400 or email [email protected].

For assistance with urgent park issues outside of normal business hours, please call (253) 255-0555.

Property Features


Open spaces with ample beach access


Picnic tables in grassy areas


Fishing, skim boarding, paddle boarding, kayaking

Buildings & Venues

Portable restrooms on site

Natural Features

Whale watching and beach access

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