Indianola lies within the boundaries of the Port Madison Reservation. In 1916, it was a summer/weekend community only reached by steamboat. Today, it is a small, friendly rural village known as a haven for artists. The original 900-foot Indianola Dock was built when the Mosquito Fleet provided the majority of transportation on Puget Sound. Jutting hundreds of feet out into the water, the dock is considered one of the best places in the area to watch the stars or any major celestial event. No moorage, but you can pull up your kayak or canoe.
Notice about private beaches: Except for specific areas, Indianola beaches are privately owned. Each beachfront property owner’s land extends down to the ordinary high tide line and includes the tidelands. Non-property owners may walk the beach, but picnics/fires are not allowed unless you have permission from the property owner. A property owner is within their rights to call 911 if someone does not leave when asked.
The Indianola Country Store has been an integral part of this tiny waterfront community since the 1920s. Besides offering the essential grocery and general store items a town needs, it provides a wonderful deli, espresso bar, fresh-made soups, sandwiches, cookies, and ice cream cones! The store also has local products and art.