Indianola, within the boundaries of the Port Madison Reservation, started in 1916 as a summer/weekend community with the only access via steamboat.
The Indianola dock, built when the Mosquito Fleet supplied the majority of transportation on Puget Sound, is a local landmark that's considered one of the best places in the area to watch the stars or any major celestial event since it juts hundreds of feet out into the water. No overnight moorage, but you can pull up your kayak or canoe up to the dock and head to the general store for refreshments!
Everything is walking distance from the central dock. A small community center, at the base of the community dock, includes a country store, Post Office and community center.
- Kitsap Transit, ☏ , toll-free: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Kitsap Transit offers transit services throughout the area including pickup from all ferry terminals and connects with Mason Transit (Mason County), Pierce Transit (Pierce County), and Jefferson Transit (Jefferson County) offering connections outside of the area. full fare $2 and is part of the regional ORCA network system.
Nearby attractions include Old Man House and the Clearwater Casino in Suquamish, the historic Scandinavian town of Poulsbo, the historic lumber town and museum in Port Gamble and Kingston, recent star of an episode of a "reality" TV home show. No, you don't really need a landing craft to get to Kingston and yes, they do have indoor plumbing.
Swim, fish, play on one of the best beaches in the State, crab or do nothing at all and watch the sun reflect off of the skyline of Seattle.
- One of the more interesting things in town is the annual summer festival, complete with fun run, amateur sand castle building, salmon bake, occasional talent show, and children's games.
Sea kayaking can be a rewarding way to explore the coastline around Indianola, allowing the paddler a closer and slower look at their surroundings and making Kitsap one of the most popular areas to kayak in Puget Sound. Indianola's dock is a great starting point for a regional adventure and it is one of the northern most points on the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails and one of the many towns in the area that cater to boaters. Harbor Seals, Otters, Sea Lions, Bald Eagles and Blue Herons are common sites while the occasional viewing of an Orca or Grey Whale is not out of the question.
Organized trails offer overnight camping options and maps divided into appropriate lengths through scenic travel destinations.
- Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails. The National Parks Service Named the this 'Trail of the Month' in the entire USA for the month of December 2012, PDF copies of the water trails map are available and Indianola is located on the trail with nice access to the area and Bainbridge Island.
Some high quality local artists are in town, otherwise shopping is limited to The Indianola Country Store and the farmers market.
- Indianola Country Store & Deli, 9175 NE Shore Dr, ☏ . Sandwiches, soups and coffee
- Indianola Farmer's Market, 20401 Indianola Rd.
Again; The Indianola Country Store. Not a long list. You may be fortunate enough in the summer to find an occasional beach party with which to imbibe.
No lodging in town. Occasionally there are summer homes in town that people are willing to rent out.