Franks Tract State Recreation Area
CAUTION! A potential harmful algae bloom (HAB) is being reported in the Franks Tract State Recreation Area by the California State Water Resources Control Board. The current advisory level is at “Caution”. The current advisory is as follows:
- Stay away from algae and scum in the water.
- Do NOT let pets go in the water, drink the water, or eat scum on the shore.
- Keep children away from algae.
- Do not eat shellfish from this waterbody.
The advisory is based on satellite detections and visual monitoring. State and local Water Resources will continue to monitor the bloom. Updates on the HAB can be located here: My Water Quality: California Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)
Frequently asked questions on HABs can be found here: FAQ's: California Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)
COVID-19 Guidelines (February 16, 2022)
Protect yourself, family, friends and your community by following these prevention measures:
- 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.
- Be COVID-19 Safe – State Parks continues to meet guidance from local and state public officials as COVID-19 is still present and still deadly. Effective March 1, 2022, state guidance recommends that all individuals, regardless of vaccine status, continue masking in indoor settings, such as museums and visitor centers. Universal masking remains required in specified high-risk settings. Please plan ahead as local county guidelines may differ from state guidance and visitors are urged to follow county guidelines when required. Read the latest COVID-19 guidance at COVID19.ca.gov.
- 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.
Franks Tract State Recreation Area is only accessible by water and is located southeast of Brannan Island between False River and Bethel Island. Franks Tract Flooded in 1936 and again in 1938. Very few land forms remain exposed, with the exception of remnant levees.
During the fall and winter, a large variety of waterfowl can be found in Franks Tract. The Delta holds a key position in the Pacific flyway. Year round residents include gulls, great blue herons, terns, swallows, crows, blackbirds, cormorants and kingfishers.
Due to the limited access, exposure to strong winds and shallow fluctuating water levels, recreational use is by anglers and waterfowl hunters.
The tract is becoming a popular flyfishing destination for anglers wishing to catch Striped Bass on a fly rod.
Waterfowl hunting is allowed on part of the open water, subject to Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations. All arrangements are made in advance through the Diablo Range District Office.
For more information please contact Ryen Goering at firstname.lastname@example.org or (925) 455-7876.
Habitat Enhancement Plan
As part of an on-going planning process, a habitat enhancement plan is being created for Franks Tract. For more information on this plan, please visit https://franks-tract-futures-ucdavis.hub.arcgis.com/.