“The (Delta) glowed in the living light like a sunset sky – one sheet of purple and gold,
with the bright Sacramento pouring through the midst of it from the north, the San Joaquin
from the south, and their many tributaries sweeping in at right angles from the mountains,
dividing the plain into sections fringed with trees.” 
 John Muir

Created over thousands upon thousands of years, the Delta is a meandering set of waterways, both natural and man-made as humans attempted to tame the mighty waters created from the massive snow melt of the Sierra Nevada. A low-lying area, the Delta region is home to more than 750 animal and plant species, including the endangered Delta smelt, once the most abundant fish in the area.

There are many ways to explore the Delta region — you can walk, bike, hike, kayak, boat, and paddle your own canoe! Many of the regional parks offer educational tours and interactive classes. Watch the mating dance of the sandhill crane, see a wetland created by a massive levee break, photograph one of the more than 2,000 species of bird that migrate through the Delta or hike through native riparian forests, meadows filled with wildlife, and along scenic, rambling river trails.

Most of all, visit the Delta and enjoy the great outdoors! Here are some of the parks to go visit and follow this link for suggestions on where to picnic.

Image courtesy of Kathy Bunton, Delta Kayaking Adventures.

1Contra Loma Regional Park
1200 Fredrickson Lane, Antioch, 510.562.7275

2Clifton Court Forebay

3Cornell Park
505 Discovery Bay Boulevard, Discovery Bay, 925.634.1131

4Hood Community Park
Hood-Franklin at 5th Road, Hood

5Georgiana Slough Access
Andrus Island Road, Isleton, 916.875.6961

6Mossdale Crossing Regional Park
19091 Manthey Road, Lathrop, 209.953.8800

7Dos Reis County Park
890 Dos Reis Road, Lathrop, 209.953.8800

8Westgate Landing Campground
15799 Glasscock Road, Lodi, 209.953.8801

9Big Break Visitor Center at the Delta
69 Big Break Road, Oakley, 510.544.3050

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10Brown's Island
Pittsburg, 510.544.2753

11Sandy Beach Park
2333 Beach Drive, Rio Vista, 707.374.2097

12Franks Tract State Recreation Area
Between Webb Tract, Holland Tract, Bethel Island and Mandevill Island, Rio Vista, 916.777.6671

13Brannan Island State Recreation Area
17645 State Highway 160, Rio Vista, 916.777.6671


14Garcia Bend Park
7654 Pocket Road, Sacramento, 916.808.5200

15Discovery Park
1000 Garden Highway, Sacramento, 916.875.6961

16Sacramento Waterfront Dock - Old Sacramento Public Dock
1002 2nd Street, Sacramento, 916.264.8857

17Miller Regional Park
2710 Ramp Way, Sacramento, 916.808.5200

18Tiscornia Park
195 Jibboom Street, Sacramento

19Sacramento City Marina (South Basin)
2710 Ramp Way, Sacramento, 916.264.5712

20Shore Park
7996 Pocket Road, Sacramento, 916.808.6060

21Old Sacramento State Historic Park
Front and I Street, Sacramento, 916.323.9280

22Van Buskirk Park
734 Houston Avenue, Stockton, 209.937.7358

23Morelli Park
1025 Weber Avenue, Stockton, 209.937.8206

24Swensen Park
6803 Alexandria Place, Stockton

25McLeod Park
Fremont Street, Stockton

26Stockton Waterfront Marina
333 Tuleburg Levee, Stockton, 209.937.8539

27Buckley Cove Park
4911 Buckley Cove Way, Stockton, 209.937.8206

28American Legion Park
Walnut Street, Stockton, 209.937.8206

29Louis Park
Monte Diablo and Occidental Street, Stockton, 209.937.8206

30Fritz Grupe Park

31Dr. Barnes Park Community Park
Grove and Theater Terrace, Walnut Grove

32West Sacramento Riverfront Promenade
651 2nd Street, West Sacramento, 916.617.4620

33Broderick Boat Ramp
103 4th Street, West Sacramento, 916.617.4620

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