Other Delta Parks

Franks Tract State Recreation Area


Franks Tract is only accessible by water and is located southeast of Brannan Island between False River and Bethel Island. Franks Tract Flooded in 1936 and again in 1938. Very few land forms remain exposed, with the exception of remnant levees.

During the fall and winter, a large variety of waterfowl can be found in Franks Tract. The Delta holds a key position in the Pacific flyway. Year round residents include gulls, great blue herons, terns, swallows, crows, blackbirds, cormorants and kingfishers.

Due to the limited access, exposure to strong winds and shallow fluctuating water levels, recreational use is by anglers and waterfowl hunters.

The tract is becoming a popular flyfishing destination for anglers wishing to catch Striped Bass on a fly rod.

Waterfowl hunting is allowed on part of the open water, subject to Department of Fish and Game regulations. All arrangements are made in advance through Brannan Island SRA.

Delta Meadows River Park is located near the town of Locke. Delta Meadows gives a glimpse into a Delta of 150 years ago with sloughs, a natural island, and meadows full of wildlife such as black-tailed deer.

The Meadows, as it is called by boaters, is a popular mooring site during the long hot summer. This labyrinth of sloughs, channels, and islands crowded with stands of oaks, walnuts, willows and cottonwoods is unique in the modern delta.

Delta Meadows is accessible by boat, however, one can drive into Railroad Slough from the River Road between Walnut Grove and Locke. Look for a small gravel road just east of the cross channel.

Delta Meadows River Park Canoe Tours

Explore one of the few remaining natural islands in the Delta on a canoe tour with a State Park volunteer tour guide. Learn a few basic canoeing skills and then explore the area looking for river otter, beaver, muskrat, birds and other wildlife.

The Fall tour season is from September 15 through October 28, 2001. Tours are offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00 a.m. Tours last between three and four hours. There is a $15.00 per person fee for the tour. These tours fill up quickly, so call now for reservations. MORE ... PDF Format