By Chris Gulick
According to the original owner Ed Zerman (aka Eddo) the property was used as a “Rumrunners Camp” during the early twenty’s. By the early 50’s, Eddo’s sported three small cabins, a beached houseboat, approximately 250 ft. of rickety redwood docks (floating on 55 gal. oil drums) and a small fleet of 16 ft. rental fishing boats and motors.
Ol’ Eddo didn’t have much love for trees and as a result with the exception of two small almond trees down by the present day store there wasn’t a tree on the property.
In 1968, Eddo sold the property to the John Gulick family. For the next few years, fate threw every obstacle imaginable in the path of progress. We couldn’t afford to do much, but we did plant hundreds of trees. By 1972, the marina had added 10 new 26’ covered berths, a launch ramp, and was freshly dredged. On the back side of the levee 2.5 acres of farmland had been transformed into a tent campground. It had no hookups, but fresh water was available at the well and it even had his and hers outhouses!
In 1978, the year I graduated high school, all of the remaining original docks were replaced with an additional 33 new covered berths. The marina was dredged again, and due mainly to the rising costs involved, the rental boats were retired as that phase of Eddo’s history ended. By 1988, the campground had been transformed into the full hookup RV park that you see today.
As the second generation of Gulick’s takes the helm here in 2005, a number of plans are in the works, but one thing that will never change is the peace and quiet we have achieved for our friends and guests.