Watsak Point is the south cape of Penn Cove, on the east shore of Whidbey Island, in Island County. It was named by the Wilkes Expedition, 1841. (Hydrography, Volume XXIII., Atlas, chart 90.) It is sometimes locally known as Snakeland Point. This, in turn, comes from the name of two Skagit Indian chiefs.
Mrs. Isaac N. Ebey wrote in her diary on December 27, 1852: “George Sneightlen came back from Port Townsend this evening and I had to let him and his Indians camp in the smokehouse all night.” (Washington Historical Quarterly, Volume VIII., page 58.)
The Point Elliott treaty, signed on January 22, 1856, with the “Dwamish, Suquamish and other allied tribes” bears 82 Indian signatures, including: “Kwuss-ka-nam, or George Snatelum, Sen., Skagit tribe, and Hel-mits, or George Snatelum, Skagit sub-chief.” (Charles J. Kappler, Indian Affairs, Volume II., page 672.) [Edmond S. Meany. Origin of Washington Geographic Names. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1923.p. 340].