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History of Snug Harbor
on Steamboat Slough in the
Sacramento Delta Region
of Northern California...

Snug Harbor has a unique history, for those of you who like to read about California life in the "old days".  Click on the new timeline graphic to go to the documented history of the property from 1850 to current day.  Note that you can click on the words to go to maps or graphics regarding the particular point in Snug Harbor history.  You might also want to visit our various videos, linked to the right!

See also past ARTICLES about the Delta with
Snug Harbor mentioned. 
Videos of Snug Harbor & the Delta: 

Most watchedSnug Harbor on Steamboat Slough

Fishing on Steamboat Slough at Snug Harbor:  Fishing Photo Slideshow

Other favorites about the Delta:
Don't Drain the Delta  (Sacramento Delta 101)
Delta travel in the 1850's

more videos or slide shows here

Phone: (916)775-1455

      Snug Harbor is a privately owned Marina, RV & camping resort located on historic Steamboat Slough in the "historic region" of the Sacramento-San Joaquin California Delta.   Due to its unique waterfront setting and wonderfully-maintained grounds, we  were awarded the designation "2001 Best Small Park" by the California Travel Park Association, the top honor we can receive in this state!

     People started camping on this land in the 1870's and it was officially surveryed and land grant recorded 1876 to the Blake family.  Mr. Blake was the 2nd contractor for the State Capitol building, and the name Blake also shows as one of the surveyors for the US government for the railroad survey.  At the time of land grant, the property was considered part of the "Hogsback Shoals" and the waterway was referred to as Hogsback, Steamboat Slough or the Sacramento River.  It was the preferred route for Steamboats, since it was much quicker than using "Old River" Sacramento for travel between San Francisco and Sacramento.  Anyway, the land later became known as "Charleston" on at least one map, perhaps because of a boat that got stuck here at low tides which was named "Charleston" according to some history books.  Steamboat ships' logs refer to "flickering campfires" on the land and the land is referenced in several travel books from 1860s to 1950s.  By the early 1930s the island was connected to Ryer Island to make it a peninsula and easier to reach, and it baecame an official campground by the late 1930's, according to some families who have come back to visit.  In the 1940s to 1950's homes over the water were added within the park grounds, but later removed, and the "trailer" park and tent camping expanded. starting in the 1940's.  A map from 1945 refers the peninsula as "Martin's Island", but by the early 1950's it was called "Snug Harbor".  By the 1980's the park also added a covered berth marina.  Starting in 1997 under new ownership the RV park was completely upgraded with new 50 AMP pedistals, engineered septicsystems, new deep drinking water well and other services.  Gravel roads were paved.  Yet the peaceful family-friendly environment of Snug Harbor and the Delta exists to this day.  As some of our patrons who have been coming here since the 1940's!  You can click on any of the photos on our website to see larger versions of those photos, or else go to a whole page about that area of Snug Harbor. 

     We are a quiet, family-oriented facility and enforce our rules so that everyone can enjoy this beautiful part of the Delta.  We have waterfront rental cottages, some of which accept pets.  Waterfront RV sites and tent sites.  Dock space right infront or very nearby and within view. We have a gas dock, small store, and single-lane boat launch ramp.  WIFI in most areas of the park and even the marina, but the WIFI is provided by an independent company so sometimes gets a bit slow.

      See also our News Pages for more about what others say about us and the delta.  Other pages to see:  Snuggle Inn History   Loft slide show    park slide show   Fishing slide show   To do at Snug Harbor   The Golden Gate Dredge railings history       Printable: SnugHarbor.pdf  or click on the pages below:


New:   Historic Steamboat Slough Page 1 and Page 2 (we had to split it up since we have so many maps and graphics, which make the pages load slowly!)
   see also:  Video of travel in the Delta in the 1850's
Shipwrecks of Steamboat Slough from 1848 to 1890

 Nearby Attractions   Nearby Restaurants   Videos of Snug Harbor and the Delta
Snug Harbor Resorts, LLC,  is located at 3356 Snug Harbor Dr., Walnut Grove, CA  95690  but we are physically closer to Rio vista when using the ferry on State Route 84, also known as the Ryer Island Ferry and Real McCoy Ferry.
Note:  street names of Port Lane, Starboard Lane and Marina View Circle are all located within resort grounds.


Snug Harbor has shady WATERFRONT RV Sites that come with full hook-ups and docks are available right in front or nearby.  We also have wind & current-protected Covered Berths!  Over the last five years we added the "Snuggle Inns" which are waterfront rental cabin or vacation rentals accommodations.  We also added new bathroom facilities (ADA compliant) a small tent-style club house, improved our boat launch area, and improved the road access.  Our marina area has also received some upgrades when our covered berths received new roofing, replacement of floats as needed, new decking and new dock boxes.


Snug Harbor is a peninsula situated off Ryer Island, about 10 minutes from Rio Vista.  From Rio Vista one would use the Rio Vista (also called Real McCoy) Ferry to reach us by crossing the Sacramento Deep Water Channel, or the J-Mac Ferry on Steamboat Slough.   For those with very large RV's who visit us,  or those shy of using one of the two ferries serving the island, there's a bridge onto Ryer Island at the north end, accessed by Courtland Road off Hwy. 160.  Our physical address is:  3356 Snug Harbor Drive (On Ryer Island), Walnut Grove, CA  95690   
       You might want to take a look at the map of the area

Waterfront Snuggle Inns

Evening beach play with cousins
We were on the cover of the 2009 official guide to California campgrounds!


Photos from our patrons:
1940-s to 1950's at Snug Harbor:


     Snug Harbor is a family-friendly park perfect for those in our midst who love to fish, water ski, swim, boat, canoe or PWC.    As we get many visitors with children of all ages, we have a good supply of "loan out" games such as volleyball, croquet, bocce' ball, badminton and horse shoes for  family entertainment.  We have a nice small-child play gym near the office area of the resort.  Bike riding is fine in the park, but we ask that no very loud motorized bikes, cycles or scooters be used in the park to maintain our quiet, peaceful setting. 
Our motto: "There are no strangers here...only family, old friends and newly-found friends"

The peninsula on which Snug Harbor resides has a colorful past.   It was an original and natural island when the region was all wet marshes and no levees were yet built.  During the Gold Rush days, 49ers traveling from Sacramento to San Francisco on the Delta King or Delta Queen Paddlewheels would take the "midnight run" down "Steamboat Slough" and right past our shores.  Those with their own boats would stop and camp along Steamboat Slough, no doubt spending peaceful nights on our "island".  In the later 1800's the Blake family purchased a small island on Steamboat Slough. 1906 Survey Map.  It was sold, eventually  became a peninsula attached to much larger adjacent Ryer Island when the USACE used the north end of the island for a dredge sediment dumping site.  Starting about 1949, the Martin Family, who owned the whole peninsula, started selling off parcels to friends who wanted to have summer homes along the peninsula.  In the meantime, a popular camping resort cropped up.  In the 1960's got its present name, "Snug Harbor" because "Snug Cove" was such a perfect name for the cove created when the peninsula connection was made.  

     Snug Harbor has about all the amenities you'd want for a peaceful, relaxing and fun vacation.  And any amenity we don't have is very close by.  On site are rental "cabins" we call "Snuggle Inns".  We have a small store, gas dock, boat launch, dry storage, covered berths, open slips and side ties, shady waterfront RV sites, a few tent sites as well, guest docks, lend-out video and book library and very friendly staff.   For park layout, go to park map.

     Nearby (15 minutes or so from Snug Harbor) are 25+ quaint little restaurants you can get to by boat on the waterways,  or by vehicle traveling the Delta's "asphalt sloughs".  There's also 3 golf courses in the Delta, the largest being in Rio Vista, near us.  There's grocery stores, sundries, churches, medical offices in Rio Vista and Walnut Grove as well.   More information available about the Delta, Delta "Loop" tours, Delta restaurants, etc.  Use navigation bar to the left for more info. This web site has at least 200 different photos of Snug Harbor and the Delta, so we suggest you check the photos pages and the other information pages contained here.  
More photos of resort       e-mail us  

      Snug Harbor Resorts, LLC  3356 Snug Harbor Dr., Walnut Grove, CA  95690

We put a video on Youtube at which you can see HERE or you can go to Youtube and this video is under the title "Snug Harbor on Steamboat Slough" at