Brannan Island SRA

State Recreation Area

Brannan Island will be managed by American Land and Leisure starting August 1, 2012.  Until then the park will maintain its current service reduction status, but will be available for camping reservations through Reserve America during the month of July.  Please visit Reserve America�s website, or California State Park's website at; for reservation information.

If you would like more information about American Land and Leisure please visit their website at

Effective June 1, 2012:

Brannan Island does not have firewood available for campers.  Please bring your own wood, and make sure it is not processed or treated. Wood is available in the town of Rio Vista. Gathering of firewood is prohibited in State Parks and is a citable offense. Thank you for your understanding.

Brannan Island State Recreation Area is now open 7 days a week for camping and day use.

EXCEPTION: Windy Cove, Rally Site, and Group Camp will be closed until further notice.

Brannan Island State Recreation Area is a maze of waterways through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. This park northeast of San Francisco Bay, has countless islands and marshes with many wildlife habitats and many opportunities for recreation, including boating, windsurfing and swimming.

One of the outstanding water-oriented recreation areas in the world, the area offers great fishing, including striped bass, sturgeon, catfish, bluegill, perch and bullhead. Frank’s Tract, a protected wetland marsh, is home to beaver, muskrat, river otter, mink and 76 species of birds.

Location - Directions

The park is on Highway 160 a few miles south of the city of Rio Vista in Sacramento County. The park is located on the lower peninsular extension of Brannan Island, and is surrounded by the Sacramento River on the west, Three Mile Slough on the southeast, and Seven Mile Slough on the northeast.


The park has a ten lane launch ramp, over 140 campsites and areas for picnicking and swimming.

Day Use Areas
Day use areas include the Windy Cove windsurfing access, the group picnic area located at the Ramadas, and Seven Mile Slough picnic area. The group picnic facility and Seven Mile Slough day use area close at sunset. Windy Cove closes at the hour posted at the entrance road to Windy Cove.

Seven Mile Slough picnic area includes picnic tables, barbecues and drinking water. New restroom facilities were completed late in 1997 and include flush toilets and outdoor cold showers.  NO LIFEGUARDS ON DUTY for the 2011 season. A Life Jacket Lending Board will be available.  Ample parking is close to the beach.

The Ramadas have shaded picnic structures with large barbecues, picnic tables, water and trash receptacles. A large open grassy area is adjacent to the site for games. The closest restroom to the Ramadas is located north of the swim beach along Seven Mile Slough.

In all of these day use areas possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

At Seven Mile Slough and Windy Cove, beaches are off limits to dogs. Dogs are allowed in the picnic area north of the restrooms, along Seven Mile Slough. Dogs must be on leash and in the owners control at all times.

When to Visit

The park is a high use recreation area which receives heavy use from May through October. The late fall, winter and early spring months are much slower paced at the park and offer some of the best fishing opportunities of the year.

Seasons/Climate Recommended Clothing

The climate in the Delta is mild, with winter temperatures usually ranging between 45 and 55 degrees and summer temperatures between 75 and 95. An occasional heat wave will push the temperatures in summer to 100 degrees or more but the Delta breeze is never far away.

Wi-Fi Service

WI-FI is no longer available at Brannan Island. It has been discontinued.

·Park Information

  • Hours of Operation:

    Daily Park Hours:

    Sunrise to Sunset

    Visitor Center is closed

  • Park Office Telephone:

    (916) 777-6671

  • Region

    Central Valley



  • Max Camper Length:

    36 Feet

    Max Trailer Length

    36 Feet

  • Purchase Annual Passes