Brannan Island State Recreation Area

17645 Highway 160

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.

Recreational activities

Winter temperatures range from 45 to 55 degrees. Summer days vary from 65 to 100 degrees. Cooling Delta breezes often gust to 25 mph, and tides can vary as much as six feet in one day.

Fishing—Bass, sturgeon, shad, bluegill and migrating salmon are among the Delta’s inhabitants. Anglers over 16 must carry a valid California fishing license.

Boating—A ten-lane launch ramp has parking and nearby restrooms

Swimming—The day-use area has a swim beach. The swim area at Seven Mile Slough is closed to powerboats.

Family Camping—Cottonwood and Willow Campgrounds have 102 tent or RV sites with no hookups. The Olympic Loop RV Campground has 12 sites with water and electric hookups. A sanitation station is nearby. A small, hike-in cabin can accommodate four campers.

Boat-in Camping—Thirty-two slips take boats up to 35 feet long and 10 feet wide.

Walk-in Camping—These 13 sites have tables, stoves and cupboards. Drinking water and restrooms are nearby.

Group Camping—Six group sites each hold up to 30 people; larger groups may reserve multiple sites. Sites accommodate RVs up to 36 feet long.

Picnicking—Four family picnic areas stretch along Seven and Three Mile Sloughs.

Boat Ramps

En route Campsites
Family Campsites
Group Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
RV Sites w/Hookups
RV Dump Station
Alternative Camping
RV Access

Bike Trails
Hiking Trails

Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Interpretive Exhibits
Beach Area
Vista Point
Nature & Wildlife Viewing