Ketron Island, Washington

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Ketron Island, Washington
Country United States
State Washington
County Pierce
Population (2010)
 • Total 17
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 98388
Area code(s) 253

Ketron Island is an island and a census-designated place (CDP) in Pierce County, Washington, United States. The island had a population of 24 persons according to the 2000 census, and 17 persons at the 2010 census.

Ketron Island is located in southern Puget Sound just off the shoreline from Steilacoom. It lies between the mainland near the city of Steilacoom and Anderson Island near the extreme south end of Puget Sound. The island has a land area of 0.893 km² (220.67 acres).

The island was originally named "Kittson Island" by Charles Wilkes during the Wilkes Expedition of 1838-1842, but was misspelled "Ketron" by his cartographers. The island was named for William Kittson, an employee of the Hudson's Bay Company, who supervised the construction of Fort Nisqually in 1833 and served at its chief factor.[1]

Ketron is accessible only by ferry. The Steilacoom / Anderson Island / Ketron Island run is the only one operated by Pierce County.[2] Ferry service to Ketron is available four times per day. The ferry runs between 5:45 AM to 8:00 PM Monday through Thursday and to 10:30 PM on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The ferry "Steilacoom II" was put into service in January 2007 to work side by side with the aging ferry "Christine Anderson". The Steilacoom II still serves with the "Christine Anderson" to transport islanders from both Ketron and Anderson Island.


  1. ^ Phillips, James W. (1971). Washington State Place Names. University of Washington Press. ISBN 0-295-95158-3. 
  2. ^ Pierce County's Ferry fleet Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine.

Coordinates: 47°09′23″N 122°38′03″W / 47.156281°N 122.634125°W / 47.156281; -122.634125