Daily Park Hours:
Sunrise to Sunset
Brannan Island State Recreation Area
Protect yourself, family, friends and your community from COVID-19 by following these prevention measures while recreating in California’s State Park System:
- Know Before You Go – Prior to leaving home, check the status of the park unit you want to visit to find out what restrictions and guidelines are in place. Have a back-up plan in case your destination is crowded. Stay home if you are sick.
- Plan Ahead – Some restrooms will be temporarily closed to keep up with cleaning schedules. Bring soap/hand sanitizer.
- Play It Safe – Find out what precautions you should take when exploring the outdoors, especially if this is your first time visiting the State Park System. Learn more at parks.ca.gov/SafetyTips.
- Keep Your Distance – Avoid crowds. If there are too many people at a park or beach, please visit on a different day.
Wear a Mask – State Parks continues to follow guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health:
- Everyone: In indoor settings, such as museums and visitor centers, face coverings are required regardless of vaccination status.
- Fully Vaccinated Persons: Face coverings are not required outdoors except when attending crowded outdoor events.
- Unvaccinated Persons: Face coverings are required outdoors any time physical distancing cannot be maintained.
- Leave No Trace – Leave areas better than how you found them by staying on designated trails and packing out all trash. Do not disturb wildlife or plants.
Although law enforcement entities have the authority to issue citations, the expectation is that the public is responsible for adhering to the advice of public health officials, visitor guidelines and closures.
What is open now?
- Very limited parking is now available to the public (Main day-use lot and Windy Cove day-use). Once the park has reached its safe parking capacity, the park will be closed to vehicle and pedestrian entry.
- The park will be open from sunrise to sunset.
- Brannan Island Campground. To make a reservation, visit www.ReserveCalifornia.com or call 800-444-7275. We do not allow early registration prior to 2 p.m.
What is currently closed?
Brannan Island SRA is now managed by American Land and Leisure. To make reservations select the “Online Reservations” button on this page or visit ReserveCalifornia's website.
If you would like more information about American Land and Leisure please visit their website at www.americanLL.com
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 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. Franks 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.
Firewood is now available for campers at the Cottonwood Camphost site located adjacent to the park entrance. Gathering firewood is prohibited in State Parks and is a citable offense.
The park has a ten lane launch ramp, over 140 campsites and areas for picnicking and swimming.
Sites vary from 20 feet to 36 feet in length. While booking your site Please check SITE length and width under amenities to be sure your unit and vehicle will fit properly.
Day Use Areas
Day use areas include 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. The restroom facilities were completed late in 1997 and include flush toilets and outdoor cold showers. A Life Jacket Lending Board will be available, however no Lifeguarding Services are currently provided. 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.
- American Land & Leisure (Operate and maintain park unit)
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.