Franks Tract State Recreation Area

UPDATE (June 4, 2020) - As California State Parks begins its phased reopening of parks and beaches in compliance with state and local public health ordinances, it is important for visitors to continue to practice physical distancing and avoid congregating with people outside their immediate household. Everyone has the responsibility to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Here are some guidelines for people visiting Franks Tract State Recreation Area:

What is open now?
Franks Tract SRA is only accessible by water and has no facilities. The park is now open to the public.

What is currently closed at this park and throughout the State Park System?
Statewide:
  • Campgrounds
  • High public-use indoor facilities, including museums and visitor centers
  • Special events and tours continue to be canceled until further notice.

Are there any new visitor guidelines?
Yes, please see below:
  • Stay Local: Stay close to home. Do not take road trips to parks and beaches or to neighboring states.  
  • Stay Active: Keep walking, jogging, hiking and biking. Watch for one-way trails.
  • Stay Safer at 6 Feet: Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Gatherings, picnics and parties are not allowed. Visitors will be asked to leave if there are too many people at the park, beach or on trails to allow for the required physical distance.
  • Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash.
  • Stay Covered: The state now requires you to wear a face covering in most indoor settings and public outdoor spaces when you cannot maintain physical distancing of six feet or more from people outside of your immediate household. For details, please visit CDPH’s guidance here. Visitors should also abide by their local county health orders.

Thank you for your patience and continued support of California State Parks as we work to limit your risk for exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors. For more information, please visit parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.

Phone Number

(925) 447-0426

Park Hours

None listed

Dogs Allowed?

No
Very few land forms exposed due to flooding.

Driving Directions to Franks Tract SRA

We are in the process of creating directions for this park.

Online reservations are not available for this park.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

BOATING
Boating
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Fishing

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 Brannan Island SRA.

For more information please contact Ryen Goering at ryen.goering@parks.ca.gov 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/.

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