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"Historic Region" of the California Delta

Directions to Snug Harbor

from common Northern California locations

 
     The information below gives directions for travel to the California Delta with Snug Harbor as the target destination.  You may want to look at the Delta Map page first, and then come back to this one.   If you are driving in a car, truck or RV less than 29' long, you probably want to use the Ferry routes.  Even if you are towing a ski boat or PWC along with you, you'll fit fine on the ferry.  If you have an RV with a long rear wheel base, you probably want to get to Snug Harbor using the Bridge route, or if you really want to try the ferry, wait for HIGH tide!  Go to Tide Chart and times and click on "Snug Harbor, Steamboat Slough" for the most accurate tides for our area but some of the websites providing tide info confuse the location of Steamboat Slough and Hidden Harbor.  You can also go online to Saltwatertides.com (even though most of the delta is fresh water)...     put in "Snug Harbor Marina" and California and you'll see the tide chart for Steamboat Slough near us. Or use our maps  ease remember to print out our own  before visiting!

           
Map & Directions from Sacramento   Pdf of the above maps, to print out:  tosnugharbor.pdf

  

 Where is "Port Lane" and Steamboat Slough?  In  2007 someone involved with the Census and mapping changes for the National Atlas decided to change the road name, even though the legal and official name of the road is SNUG HARBOR DRIVE.  Many hours have been spent trying to get the gps and online mapping services to correct the mistake.  As of the end of 2012, the national atlas is STILL providing the wrong road name even though they were notified repeatedly of the mistake and its impact on people trying to reach us.  By 2010 and continuing to the present date, Google maps especially on federal websites like NOAA either confuse the location of Snug Harbor or eliminate Steamboat Slough entirely on the navigation map.  To see a series of the navigation and recreation maps of the Delta region from the 1930's to 2013, see the Historic Delta Navigation page, or a few of the navigation maps here at our Navigation page.

J-Mac Ferry is the second ferry serving Ryer Island.  It is a smaller cable ferry that goes across Steamboat Slough to Grand Island.  Only smaller RVs, under 30' are suggested for this ferry, and only at high tides.  On Grand Island, it is also called Howard Landing Ferry and you might also see on your GPS map Walker Landing, which is by Hogback Park, a Sacramento County public boat launch area.

If you are coming to Snug Harbor with a large RV, you should plan to use the bridge route as the ferry is limited on size of RV units they will take- its not the size that is the problem but the slope of the ramp-you can scrape your bumper if its low tide and you have a bumper without rollers that sticks out 8 feet, like many of the larger Class A's.   

***Bridge Route***:  For Bridge onto Ryer Island: From areas north of the Delta, such as Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, etc:  Take Jefferson Blvd (Hwy. 84) off Hwy 80/50 coming from Sacramento area south or west into the Delta.  Jefferson ends at Courtland Road.  Turn right and follow Courtland road as it travels west then comes to Ryer Ave headed south (left) to the "Miners Slough" bridge.  When you see "Oxford Road" on your left you will know you are coming to the Miner's Slough bridge.  Cross this bridge onto Ryer Island.  After you cross bridge,  turn LEFT  even though the signs point right for Hwy 84 to the Rio Vista ferry.     Drive down the levee road about  7.3 miles to Snug Harbor.  (We're a mile past the J-Mac ferry.)  The water should be on your left side.  When you get to Snug Harbor, there will be a sign on the right side of the road indicating a left turn onto Snug Harbor Drive.   Its very obvious during the daytime that you are at Snug Harbor, but at night there are not street lights on E. Ryer Road, so if traveling at night, remember Snug Harbor is between one and two miles south of the J-Mac/Howard Ferry landing.   Follow Snug Harbor Drive to our gate, going 5 miles per hour along Snug Harbor Drive

Bridge route from areas south or west of the Delta, such as Fairfield, Napa, Benicia, etc: Take Hwy 12 to Hwy 160.  Go north on Hwy 160.  You'll cross a bridge just after going through Isleton, which puts you on the west side of the Sacramento River-the water will be on your right.  When you get to Walnut Grove, DO NOTcross the bridge there.  Instead, continue traveling north along the 160 levee road, with the Sacramento River on your right.  You'll cross a bridge at Steamboat Slough and another little bridge at Sutter Slough.  Keep going until you see the yellowish Courtland bridge, also called the "PaintersVille Bridge".   Don't cross this one either!  Almost 1 mile north of the Courtland bridge is Courtland Road.  The water is on your right and you will have seen the main part of the town of Courtland across the river.  When you get to Courtland Road, where you make a left turn, (a right turn here puts you in the Sacramento River!), you will see  a little green sign that says "Jefferson Blvd" or Hw 84 or Ryer Island, with left arrow just as you get to Courtland Road.  The sign keeps being changed by Caltrans for some reason.   Turn left onto Courtland Road and now its farm lands on both sides.  Watch for a stop sign at Jefferson Blvd, as this is where Courtland Road becomes State Route 84 also.  Keep going for several miles (west is the direction now) until  Courtland Road veers left onto Ryer Avenue. Take Ryer Avenue to the "Miners Slough" bridge onto Ryer Island.  When you see "Oxford Road" on your left you will know you are coming to the Miner's Slough bridge.  Cross this bridge onto Ryer Island.  After you cross bridge,  turn LEFT  even though the signs point right for Hwy 84 to the Rio Vista ferry.     Drive down the levee road about  7.3 miles to Snug Harbor.  (We're a mile past the J-Mac ferry.)  The water should be on your left side.  When you get to Snug Harbor, there will be a sign on the right side of the road indicating a left turn onto Snug Harbor Drive.   Its very obvious during the daytime that you are at Snug Harbor, but at night there are not street lights on E. Ryer Road, so if traveling at night, remember Snug Harbor is between one and two miles south of the J-Mac/Howard Ferry landing.   Follow Snug Harbor Drive to our gate, going 5 miles per hour along Snug Harbor Drive

Bridge route from areas east or southeast of the Delta, such as Lodi, Modesto, Fresno, etc:  Take Hwy 5  north to the Walnut Grove/Thornton exit.  Go west on Walnut Grove Rd. into Walnut Grove.  This puts you on Hwy 160, driving north, with the Sacramento river on your left.  Continue north on Hwy 160, past Locke almost to the town of Courtland.  About 1 mile BEFORE Courtland, you'll see the Paintersville Bridge, and its painted yellow.  Turn left onto the Paintersville Bridge and after crossing turn right onto the River road.   Go north along this river road  you reach Courtland Road, a little more than a mile north of the bridge.   The water is on your right and you will have seen the main part of the town of Courtland across the river.  When you get to Courtland Road, where you make a left turn, (a right turn here puts you in the Sacramento River!), you will see  a little green sign that says "Jefferson Blvd" or Hw 84 or Ryer Island, with left arrow just as you get to Courtland Road.  The sign keeps being changed by Caltrans for some reason.   Turn left onto Courtland Road and now its farm lands on both sides.  Watch for a stop sign at Jefferson Blvd, as this is where Courtland Road becomes State Route 84 also.  Keep going for several miles (west is the direction now) until  Courtland Road veers left onto Ryer Avenue. Take Ryer Avenue to the "Miners Slough" bridge onto Ryer Island.  When you see "Oxford Road" on your left you will know you are coming to the Miner's Slough bridge.  Cross this bridge onto Ryer Island.  After you cross bridge,  turn LEFT  even though the signs point right for Hwy 84 to the Rio Vista ferry.     Drive down the levee road about  7.3 miles to Snug Harbor.  (We're a mile past the J-Mac ferry.)  The water should be on your left side.  When you get to Snug Harbor, there will be a sign on the right side of the road indicating a left turn onto Snug Harbor Drive.   Its very obvious during the daytime that you are at Snug Harbor, but at night there are not street lights on E. Ryer Road, so if traveling at night, remember Snug Harbor is between one and two miles south of the J-Mac/Howard Ferry landing.   Follow Snug Harbor Drive to our gate, going 5 miles per hour along Snug Harbor Drive

Bridge route From Sacramento:  Take Jefferson Blvd. (Hwy. 84) off Business 80/Frw.50.  Go south to the end of Jefferson Blvd at Courtland Road and turn right.  Keep going for several miles (west is the direction now) until  Courtland Road veers left onto Ryer Avenue. Take Ryer Avenue to the "Miners Slough" bridge onto Ryer Island.  When you see "Oxford Road" on your left you will know you are coming to the Miner's Slough bridge.  Cross this bridge onto Ryer Island.  After you cross bridge,  turn LEFT  even though the signs point right for Hwy 84 to the Rio Vista ferry.     Drive down the levee road about  7.3 miles to Snug Harbor.  (We're a mile past the J-Mac ferry.)  The water should be on your left side.  When you get to Snug Harbor, there will be a sign on the right side of the road indicating a left turn onto Snug Harbor Drive.   Its very obvious during the daytime that you are at Snug Harbor, but at night there are not street lights on E. Ryer Road, so if traveling at night, remember Snug Harbor is between one and two miles south of the J-Mac/Howard Ferry landing.   Follow Snug Harbor Drive to our gate, going 5 miles per hour along Snug Harbor Drive

Bridge route from Elk Grove:  Use the Twin Cities exit off Hwy 5.  Go to Hwy. 160 towards Courtland.   Cross the Courtland (also called "PaintersVille") bridge 1 mile south of Courtland.  Turn right after crossing the PaintersVille bridge.  Almost 1 mile north of the bridge is Courtland Road.  The water is on your right and you might have noticed the main part of the town of Courtland across the river.  When you get to Courtland Road, where you make a left turn, (a right turn here puts you in the Sacramento River!), you will see  a little green sign that says "Jefferson Blvd" or Hw 84 or Ryer Island, with left arrow just as you get to Courtland Road.  The sign keeps being changed by Caltrans for some reason.   Turn left onto Courtland Road and now its farm lands on both sides.  Watch for a stop sign at Jefferson Blvd, as this is where Courtland Road becomes State Route 84 also.  Keep going for several miles (west is the direction now) until  Courtland Road veers left onto Ryer Avenue. Take Ryer Avenue to the "Miners Slough" bridge onto Ryer Island.  When you see "Oxford Road" on your left you will know you are coming to the Miner's Slough bridge.  Cross this bridge onto Ryer Island.  After you cross bridge,  turn LEFT  even though the signs point right for Hwy 84 to the Rio Vista ferry.     Drive down the levee road about  7.3 miles to Snug Harbor.  (We're a mile past the J-Mac ferry.)  The water should be on your left side.  When you get to Snug Harbor, there will be a sign on the right side of the road indicating a left turn onto Snug Harbor Drive.   Its very obvious during the daytime that you are at Snug Harbor, but at night there are not street lights on E. Ryer Road, so if traveling at night, remember Snug Harbor is between one and two miles south of the J-Mac/Howard Ferry landing.   Follow Snug Harbor Drive to our gate, going 5 miles per hour along Snug Harbor Drive

Bridge route from Walnut Grove:  Go North on Hwy. 160 to the Courtland "PaintersVille" Bridge.  Turn left onto the bridge.  Cross the Sacramento river and turn right.  Turn right after crossing the PaintersVille bridge.  Almost 1 mile north of the bridge is Courtland Road.  The water is on your right and you might have noticed the main part of the town of Courtland across the river.  When you get to Courtland Road, where you make a left turn, (a right turn here puts you in the Sacramento River!), you will see  a little green sign that says "Jefferson Blvd" or Hw 84 or Ryer Island, with left arrow just as you get to Courtland Road.  The sign keeps being changed by Caltrans for some reason.   Turn left onto Courtland Road and now its farm lands on both sides.  Watch for a stop sign at Jefferson Blvd, as this is where Courtland Road becomes State Route 84 also.  Keep going for several miles (west is the direction now) until  Courtland Road veers left onto Ryer Avenue. Take Ryer Avenue to the "Miners Slough" bridge onto Ryer Island.  When you see "Oxford Road" on your left you will know you are coming to the Miner's Slough bridge.  Cross this bridge onto Ryer Island.  After you cross bridge,  turn LEFT  even though the signs point right for Hwy 84 to the Rio Vista ferry.     Drive down the levee road about  7.3 miles to Snug Harbor.  (We're a mile past the J-Mac ferry.)  The water should be on your left side.  When you get to Snug Harbor, there will be a sign on the right side of the road indicating a left turn onto Snug Harbor Drive.   Its very obvious during the daytime that you are at Snug Harbor, but at night there are not street lights on E. Ryer Road, so if traveling at night, remember Snug Harbor is between one and two miles south of the J-Mac/Howard Ferry landing.   Follow Snug Harbor Drive to our gate, going 5 miles per hour along Snug Harbor Driveand go two streets up to Courtland Road (You should be on the WEST side of the Sacramento River now).  Turn left onto Courtland Road and follow it to the bridge onto Ryer Island.  See Bridge Route above.

From Napa:  Go East on Hwy. 12 then North on Hwy. 80 and East again on Hwy 12 to Rio Vista.  Just before crossing the Rio Vista bridge, turn Right.  Go left under bridge.  Follow Ferry route directions above.  If you are traveling with a large RV, and its low tides, we'd suggest you use the bridge route off Hwy 160 described above instead of the ferry route.

From Marin:  Go East on Hwy. 37 to Hwy. 80.  Go north on Hwy 80 to Hwy 12.  Go East on Hwy 12 to Rio Vista.  Just before crossing the Rio Vista bridge, turn Right.  Go left under bridge.  Follow Ferry route directions above, or bridge route.

From San Francisco:  Go north on Hwy 80 to Hwy 12 going EAST.  Take Hwy 12 east to Rio Vista.  Just before crossing the Rio Vista bridge, turn Right.  Go Left under bridge.  Follow Ferry route directions above.  Alternate: follow bridge route

From Stockton:  Go north on Hwy 5 or 99 to Walnut Grove exit.  Go west on Walnut Grove Rd to Hwy 160.  Go north on 160 almost to Courtland.  One mile short of Courtland, cross the Courtland bridge to the west side of Sacramento River.  Go right two streets to Courtland Road and turn left.  Follow Courtland Rd as is veers left to Ryer Island.  Cross bridge onto Ryer and go left.  7.5 miles to Snug Harbor

From San Jose:  Most folks like to go north on 680, east on 4, take the Antioch bridge or 160 into the Delta.  At 160 and Hwy 12 crossing, you can cross into Rio Vista and take the Ferry route, or continue north on 160 and take the bridge route.  There's also the 680 to 580 to Vasco Road, over the hills into Brentwood, then find Hwy 4 and then Hwy160.  But everyone seems to get lost in the Brentwood area, so take the Vasco Road route only if you know what you're doing!

 

 

Please note!  The resort entrance is located at the end of Snug Harbor Drive, a private road.  The homes along the road leading to the resort are private-do not disturb the home owners.  Please drive slowly along Snug Harbor Drive.    If you are using GPS or Google maps, note they may call our road "Port Lane" and we are in Solano County, not Sacramento County.  We have been trying to get them to correct the mistake for several years, and by 8/2011, at least some of the Google online map services finally recognize Ryer Island and Snug Harbor Drive.   RV sites may be available but we suggest you call first to make sure there is a spot for you before driving out here!  For Snuggle Inn rentals you need a confirmed reservation.

 

Note:  do NOT follow Google Maps .  Updated 5-10-2010.  We are on the Ryer Island north east of Rio Vista.  Google sends folks to the wrong Ryer again (click on the latest map from Google).  IF (big IF) Google does show you were the real Ryer Island is located just north of Rio Vista, then it might send you around the long and winding way when the better route is to use the roads on the east side of Ryer Island.  MSN (Bing) get it right that we know of though.  But to play it safe, please use the maps we provide, which also show you other locations in the Delta around us, like the places to shop and eat. PDF Map       More about Snug Harbor Drive vs. Port Lane
  Try our new Road Videos...how to get to Snug Harbor

 

Ferry Routes:  There are two ferries serving Ryer Island, home to Snug Harbor.  The larger ferry is called the "Real McCoy" or Rio Vista Ferry. ***9/2011 update*** This ferry is no longer operating until further notice from CalTrans as the brand new ferry the state bought breaks down constantly.  Details  Normally, to reach this ferry, take Hwy 12 to Rio Vista.  Just to the west side of the entrance to the Rio Vista bridge, take the off ramp that leads you to downtown Rio Vista (if you go right) or left to the levee road leading you to ferry ramp.  Go north along the west levee road of the Sacramento River  (i.e. Rio Vista side)  Go 2+ miles to ferry ramp.  Ferry runs 24 hours a day, except for noon and 8 PM lunch breaks.  Ferry ride is free and takes 3-4 minutes to reach Ryer Island.  For those of you with RV's longer than 30', we suggest you use the bridge route to Snug Harbor, especially if you are arriving at low tide.   Go to Tide Chart and times.  Get off ferry, go right on Ryer Levee road about 4.5 miles to Snug Harbor. 

J-Mac Ferry is the second ferry serving Ryer Island.  It is a smaller cable ferry that goes across Steamboat Slough to Grand Island.  Only smaller RVs, under 30' are suggested for this ferry, and only at high tides.  On Grand Island, it is also called Howard Landing Ferry and you might also see on your GPS map Walker Landing, which is by Hogback Park, a Sacramento County public boat launch area.

If you are coming to Snug Harbor with a large RV, you should plan to use the bridge route as the ferry is limited on size of RV units they will take- its not the size that is the problem but the slope of the ramp-you can scrape your bumper if its low tide and you have a bumper without rollers that sticks out 8 feet, like many of the larger Class A's.   

 

 

  Snug Harbor Resorts, LLC
3356 Snug Harbor Drive, (& Port Lane, Starboard Lane and Marina View Circle are roads located within the resort grounds)
Ryer Island in Solano County.  near Rio Vista, CA      
916-775-1455   reservations@snugharbor.net
GPS:   Use Port Lane, Walnut Grove, CA  95690, even though we are located near Rio Vista, Solano County  
 
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