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Ferries and Bridges of the Delta in the 21st CenturyThe California Delta region has over 1000 miles of waterways and 52 major islands all connected by bridges and ferries.  The islands have levee roads around them, and most roads are in good condition if the island is open to the public rather than a privately-owned island.  It is always best to have a map of the area you plan to travel to.  But since the delta is so unique, you might not find delta maps in out-of-area stores.     In the meantime, below are photos and descriptions of the ferries and bridges you might encounter on your way driving to Snug Harbor.  There's many ways to get to us, so it depends on what route you take.  For full directions, please use our "Directions" page.  For a historical perspective, go to the Ferry History page or About the Delta pages.

Photo of the new Real McCoy Ferry II.  This ferry was designed to NOT be able to allow recreational vehicles to use it, even though large school busses and CalTrans equipment uses it.  The problem is that due to the ferry design, RV bumpers tend to scrape the ferry deck or ramps at low tides.  So now all RV traffic to Ryer Island must use the bridge at the north end of Ryer Island. 

Please remember to print out our own Delta Map before visiting! 

These are photos of the Rio Vista Bridge, which is also Hwy. 12.  Photo taken from the levee road leading to the Rio Vista ferry landing, to take you to Ryer Island, home to Snug Harbor. 

This is the ferry sign you'll see right off Hwy 12, letting you know the Rio Vista ferry landing is just 2 miles north along the levee road, and Sacramento is about 36 miles further up what's labeled Hwy. 84 along here.  Note that in this sign its called the "Ryer Island Ferry".  Same thing as the Rio Vista Ferry.  You'll also see signs referring to it as the "Cashe Slough Ferry" and "Real McCoy" Ferry.   Its a long story why this one ferry has so many names....  Photo to the right is the levee road leading to the ferry.

Photos show the the old Rio Vista ferry bringing some cars and passengers over to Ryer Island.  On the new Real McCoy Ferry, as many as 8 cars can fit usually, but it depends on the sizes of vehicles, and if there are busses or RVs also on the ferry.  The ferry is run by CalTrans, and all rides are free.


Photo shows the old Rio Vista ferry, which could accommodate RV's or vehicles towing boats, but it must be at HIGH TIDE only.  At low tide times, the bumpers of the RV units tend to drag or get caught on the steep landing ramp incline and cause damage.  If you've got an RV over 28' (I.E. motor home, 5th wheel or pull-trailer) we STRONGLY suggest you use the bridge route to Snug Harbor.  If you really want to try the ferry, definitely wait until high tide.  You can get local tide information by going to  or other online sites for tides.


When you get off the Rio Vista ferry, go to your right along Ryer Island Road.  Snug Harbor is a peninsula 4.5 miles up the road, on your left.  There's a big sign on the road letting you know where to turn onto Snug Harbor Drive.



These photos show the J-Mac Ferry, also known as the Steamboat Slough Ferry.  It crosses Steamboat Slough, connecting Grand Island and Ryer Island.  This is a smaller ferry, generally for vehicles only.  Large RVs can not fit on this one, even at high tide.  By the way, riding the ferries is free!



Pictured right is the Walnut Grove bridge and Walnut Grove guest docks.  This is also one of the bridges along Hwy. 160.  If you cross the bridge so that you are on the west or right side of the photo, then you'll be on the right path to reaching Snug Harbor by the bridge route through Courtland.



This is an aerial photo of the bridge at Steamboat Slough.  If you're coming to Snug Harbor, you keep going north across this bridge.  If you're headed for the J-Mac Ferry, you'd turn left just before the bridge, at the bottom of the photo.