Daily Park Hours:
Sunrise to Sunset
Brannan Island State Recreation Area
Frequently Asked Questions about Brannan Island Temporary Closure
View Press Release California State Parks Temporarily Closes Brannan Island State Recreation Area
District Superintedent's Order No. 001-01-680-314 - Brannan Island State Recreation Area Posted Order- Partial Park Closure
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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.
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.