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    Default First time at the Delta. Need some ideas

    We're going to Snug Harbor on the Delta for the first time next week 7-21 to 7-28.



    The family is really looking forward to it. From everything I've heard, there is a lot to do up there.



    My youngest son wants to take a ride to Alcatraz, and I think it's possible, but not sure how realistic it is.



    I'm looking for ideas from the NorCal peeps and from anybody who's been up there before.



    What are some of the must dos, and what should we avoid?



    Also, we plan to leave the boat in the water. Are there plenty of places for gas (super), or do I need to pull the boat out every night?



    Thanks in advance for any help and ideas.

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    I don't know the delta well enough to really help, but that is a loong trip to Alcatraz. lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chili View Post
    I don't know the delta well enough to really help, but that is a loong trip to Alcatraz. lol
    Alcatraz is out. I looked at the map, and it's way too far. We are planning a trip to old town Sacramento. We are also planning a few other daytrips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skav View Post
    Alcatraz is out. I looked at the map, and it's way too far. We are planning a trip to old town Sacramento. We are also planning a few other daytrips.
    Old town is cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nice Pair View Post
    Thanks for the the feed back on Sacramento. What about water depth? Is that an issue? I was told to stay close to the levees as a rule of thumb. I would hate to trash my drive the first the out!

    Are there any sandy beaches where we can hang out for the day w the kids?

    Also, is there 91 octane close to Snug Harbor? I can bring octane booster if needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skav View Post
    Thanks for the the feed back on Sacramento. What about water depth? Is that an issue? I was told to stay close to the levees as a rule of thumb. I would hate to trash my drive the first the out!

    Are there any sandy beaches where we can hang out for the day w the kids?

    Also, is there 91 octane close to Snug Harbor? I can bring octane booster if needed.
    From Snug harbor to Old Sac, I'm not aware of any shallow spots. When in doubt, run the middle of the river.(on the trip we're talking about)
    There is a nice beach @ the intersection of Steamboat Slough and the Sacramento River (West side) Beaches are pretty much where you find them and more plentiful @ low tide.
    91 octane is pretty hard to find the farther north you go. I have carried "Aces" for a backup on my river trips.

    Definately (if you don't have gps or navigation on your phone) Get a $5 map of the delta. Have fun.
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    I bought a GPS today after looking at all the places I could get lost up there. It will be a different experience for sure. We're used to Havi, Mead and Powell. The wife is a bit concerned about the brown water

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    Quote Originally Posted by skav View Post
    I bought a GPS today after looking at all the places I could get lost up there. It will be a different experience for sure. We're used to Havi, Mead and Powell. The wife is a bit concerned about the brown water
    "Little steps" ............. Follow a boat that you know draws more water than yours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nice Pair View Post
    "Little steps" ............. Follow a boat that you know draws more water than yours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skav View Post
    I bought a GPS today after looking at all the places I could get lost up there. It will be a different experience for sure. We're used to Havi, Mead and Powell. The wife is a bit concerned about the brown water
    As she should be.. it isn't Mead, Havasu or Powell by far.!!

    Be cautious swimming or even getting wet. lol (only somewhat kidding. lol)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chili View Post
    As she should be.. it isn't Mead, Havasu or Powell by far.!!

    Be cautious swimming or even getting wet. lol (only somewhat kidding. lol)
    This is shaping up to be a great trip!

    Don't jump in the water, or you'll hit the bottom, or submerged farm equipment.

    Don't swim in the water, or you'll catch something-not a fish.

    Follow a bigger boat, or you'll beach your boat.

    No good gas unless you stick to Discovery Bay, so bring octane booster.

    Get a map and GPS, but you'll still probably get lost.

    Watch out for floating logs and crap in the water.

    Am I missing anything??

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    Quote Originally Posted by skav View Post
    This is shaping up to be a great trip!

    Don't jump in the water, or you'll hit the bottom, or submerged farm equipment.

    Don't swim in the water, or you'll catch something-not a fish.

    Follow a bigger boat, or you'll beach your boat.

    No good gas unless you stick to Discovery Bay, so bring octane booster.

    Get a map and GPS, but you'll still probably get lost.

    Watch out for floating logs and crap in the water.

    Am I missing anything??
    It's Terrifiying out there, Don't go. EEK !!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chili View Post
    As she should be.. it isn't Mead, Havasu or Powell by far.!!

    Be cautious swimming or even getting wet. lol (only somewhat kidding. lol)

    Oh yea Chili, coming from someone who doesnt know the Delta at all.... that makes perfect sense! The delta may have 'brown water' but it is cleaner than most lakes because it is fresh water that is running a constant current... A silt bottom in most all the rivers and sloughs from the greatest farming soil in the world is what the currents run across and make it 'brown'. So you will eat the food that is grown in the 'brown' dirt and irrigated with the waters of the delta, but you wont swim in it???? lol now thats some funny shit!



    Quote Originally Posted by skav View Post
    This is shaping up to be a great trip!

    Don't jump in the water, or you'll hit the bottom, or submerged farm equipment.

    Don't swim in the water, or you'll catch something-not a fish.

    Follow a bigger boat, or you'll beach your boat.

    No good gas unless you stick to Discovery Bay, so bring octane booster.

    Get a map and GPS, but you'll still probably get lost.

    Watch out for floating logs and crap in the water.

    Am I missing anything??
    YES those are all wives tales to keep people away from the delta... its already overcrowded.....


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    It's Terrifiying out there, Don't go. EEK !!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by skav View Post
    I bought a GPS today after looking at all the places I could get lost up there. It will be a different experience for sure. We're used to Havi, Mead and Powell. The wife is a bit concerned about the brown water
    if you do make it up to Sacto,take a right turn at confluence of American river for a dip in the coolest,clearest sierra Nevada runoff the delta has to offer
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