Tinsley Essentials

Cruising along the Sacramento Delta, it would be easy to miss Tinsley Island. That is part of the magic.


For those who experience our outstation, they find that, “In All The World, There’s Only One.” Getting there is part of the fun, and preserving the Island's culture is of utmost importance to our members. Below please find information on getting to the Island, taking the launch, registering upon arrival and Island contacts.




  • Directions to Tinsley Island

    • Directions to Tinsley by Car

      Navigate to King Island Marina (11530 W. Eight Mile Rd., Stockton, CA 95219). Download maps before you go, as cell service can be spotty. Depending on traffic, the drive takes 2.5 hours from San Francisco and 1.5 hours from the Peninsula and Marin County. As you approach King Island Marina, you will feel like you are in the middle of nowhere—you are in the right spot.

      Parking

      All cars parked at King Island must display a parking permit, which can be purchased from the Marina Store for $10 a day. If the Marina Store is closed when you arrive, write a note on your dash and settle up before you depart. Do not park in reserved areas as your car could be towed. Parking is allowed on the side of the road and on the hill behind the Marina Office. If you are confused about where to park, look for cars with the StFYC burgee.

      Launch

      The Tinsley Island launch dock is directly across from the Marina Store. The regular launch is complimentary. Contact the launch operator with questions or problems at 209-406-6456.

      Directions to Tinsley Island by Sea

      Tinsley Island is located on the main shipping channel in the San Joaquin River between Little Connection and Disappointment Sloughs. Coming upriver from the Bay, the last flashing red marker is #12, at which point Tinsley is ahead to your right.

      The main entrance to the lagoon is at the southeast end of the island, and the secondary entrance is at the southwest end. Both are marked with Club signage. If you are making this cruise for the first time, we recommend you contact members of the Tinsley Island Committee, or other frequent visitors, for local information on information on False River, Michael’s Cut, and timing of the tides. 

      Making a Journey of it?

      Download the Road to Tinsley.
  • Island Registration + Guest Fees

    • Registration

      All members must
      register every time they arrive on Tinsley, whether they plan to stay on their boat or in Island accommodations. All registrations can be completed electronically or in person via a tablet on the Launch, at the Island Bar, or at the West Dock Bathhouse. Please note that members who don’t register can receive a $25 fine. 

      Setting up your Island e-registration Profile (can be done from home)
      All members are assigned a default profile for the Tinsley Island e-registration system. Your user name is your member number and your password is “yourpw”. After logging in for the first time, you can customize your password. Please fill out your profile with information about your boat, family members and frequent guests. This will make future registration a breeze. Don’t forget to click “Save Profile” when you’re done.

      Guest Fees

      The guest fee per day is $30/adult, $15/children 12–20 and free for children under 12. 
  • Tinsley Island Launch
    • A complimentary launch service runs year-round between King Island and Tinsley Island, a journey of approximately 15 minutes. The launch, Thomas V. Allen, Jr., is a 32-passenger twin pontoon boat with a full hardtop. Scheduled Tinsley Island launch runs are complimentary, and additional launch runs (except in the event of a medical emergency) are $50 between 7:00am and 10:00pm.

      Launch Captain: 209-406-6456


      Regular Season Schedule (May 1 – September 30)

      * Indicates Launch pick-ups that require confirmation with Launch Operator

      Days and Times Leaving Tinsley Island

      Monday–Wednesday *9:30am *2:30pm
       
      Thursday *9:30am 1:30pm 5:30pm
       
      Friday

      9:30am
      1:30pm
      2:30pm

      3:30pm
      4:30pm
      5:30pm
      6:30pm
      7:30pm
      8:30pm
       
      Saturday 9:30am
      10:30am
      11:30am
      12:30am
      2:30pm
      3:30pm
      4:30am
      5:30pm
      *8:30pm
       
      Sunday 9:30am
      10:30am
      11:30am
      12:30pm
      1:30pm
      2:30pm
      3:30am
      4:30pm
      5:30pm

      Days and Times Leaving King Island

      Monday–Wednesday *10:00am *3:00pm
       
      Thursday *10:00am 2:00pm 6:00pm
       
      Friday 10:00am
      4:00pm
      7:00pm
      2:00pm
      5:00pm
      8:00pm
      3:00pm
      6:00pm
      9:00pm
       
      Saturday 10:00am
      1:00pm
      5:00pm
      11:00am
      3:00pm
      6:00pm
      12:00pm
      4:00pm
       
      Sunday 10:00am
      1:00pm
      4:00pm
      11:00am
      2:00pm
      5:00pm
      12:00pm
      3:00pm
      6:00pm



      Winter Schedule (October 1–April 30)

      All Winter Launch pick-ups must be confirmed with the Launch Operator

      Days and Times Leaving Tinsley Island

      Monday–Thursday 9:30am 2:30pm
       
      Friday 9:30am 2:30pm
       
      Saturday–Sunday 9:30am 2:30pm

      Days and Times Leaving King Island

      Monday–Thursday 10:00am 3:00pm
       
      Friday 10:00am 3:00pm
       
      Saturday–Sunday 10:00am 3:00pm



      Special Toiler Weekend Schedule

      All Launch pick-ups require confirmation with Launch Operator

      Days and Times Leaving Tinsley Island

      Friday 8:30am 2:30pm 5:00pm 6:30pm
       
      Saturday 7:45am 2:30pm 8:30pm
       
      Sunday 8:30am 11:30am 2:30pm

      Days and Times Leaving King Island

      Friday 9:00am 3:00pm 5:30pm 7:00pm
       
      Saturday 8:15am 3:00pm 9:00pm
       
      Sunday 9:00am 12:00pm 3:00pm
  • Island Contacts
    • Ross Schiveley, Tinsley Island Manager
      209-607-3199 
      rschiveley@stfyc.com

      Launch Operator
      209-406-6456

      Milt Werner, Tinsley Island Committee Chair
      miltwerner@aol.com

      Greg Wettersten, Tinsley Island Port Captain
      Bases Loaded; 415-515-1145

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