Franks Tract

State Recreation Area - California

Franks Tract State Recreation Area is a state park unit of California, USA, featuring a flooded area in the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta. It is accessible only by water. Franks Tract is situated between the False River and Bethel Island. The recreation area is used primarily for fishing and waterfowl hunting. In times of high water, the entire site can be submerged except for portions of the old levees.

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https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=490 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franks_Tract_State_Recreation_Area Franks Tract State Recreation Area is a state park unit of California, USA, featuring a flooded area in the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta. It is accessible only by water. Franks Tract is situated between the False River and Bethel Island. The recreation area is used primarily for fishing and waterfowl hunting. In times of high water, the entire site can be submerged except for portions of the old levees.
Brannan Island Franks Tract State Recreation Areas Our Mission The mission of California State Parks is to provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation. The Delta’s 700 miles of channels and sloughs invite campers, picnickers, hikers, boaters, anglers and swimmers California State Parks supports equal access. Prior to arrival, visitors with disabilities who need assistance should contact the park at (916) 777-6671. This publication can be made available in alternate formats. Contact interp@parks.ca.gov or call (916) 654-2249. CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS P.O. Box 942896 Sacramento, CA 94296-0001 For information call: (800) 777-0369 (916) 653-6995, outside the U.S. 711, TTY relay service www.parks.ca.gov Discover the many states of California.™ Brannan Island SRA Franks Tract SRA 17645 Hwy. 160 Rio Vista, CA 94571 (916) 777-6671 © 2011 California State Parks to come out and play. B rannan Island State Recreation Area is the gateway to 700 miles of rivers, sloughs, marshes, levees and river channels that make up the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The park has long been a popular destination for year-round water recreation—boating, fishing, swimming, camping and picnicking. From its vantage point on the Sacramento River’s east bank, the recreation area offers a fine view of Mount Diablo to the south. Early Residents Identification of the Delta’s prehistoric residents is challenging. Archaeologists speculate that agricultural activity, dredging, levee construction and reclamation efforts may have altered the locations of—or even destroyed—any identifiable Native American artifacts. In the early 1800s, the area’s abundant wildlife resources drew hunters and fur trappers, including the Hudson Bay Company. Beginning in the 1830s, Swiss immigrant John A. Sutter operated fishing and fur trapping camps on the Delta; others settled in as ranchers and crop farmers. park history The 336-acres of Brannan Island State Recreation Area (SRA) were acquired by the State in 1954; they became a park in 1965. The recreation area is bordered by the Sacramento River to the west, Three Mile Sam Brannan Slough on the south, and Seven Mile Slough to the east. The island is named for Sam Brannan, who became California’s first millionaire by selling supplies to gold seekers. Brannan led a pioneer group of Mormons to California in 1846. That same year, he sailed across San Francisco Bay to the Delta, where he established New Hope, the first Mormon community in the San Joaquin Valley. Brannan Island’s 40-foot elevation comes from debris deposited there during channeldredging operations. Most other Delta islands lie below sea level. Franks Tract and Little Franks Tract Six miles southeast of Brannan Island, Franks Tract SRA was once a source of peat moss processing and export. The Delta’s rich peat deposits were the second-largest in the U.S., next to the Florida Everglades. Due to repeated levee failures in the mid- and late-1930s, Franks Tract is now completely submerged. This area is known for excellent year-round fishing and seasonal waterfowl hunting. Permits are available at Brannan Island; for regulations and information, visit www.dfg.ca.gov. Little Franks Tract is encircled by marsh and riparian habitat along the remnants of a breached levee. The area shelters more than 70 species of birds and a great variety of fish species. Wildlife includes beavers, raccoons, mink, river otters and muskrats. 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. For fishing details, visit www.dfg.ca.gov. Boating—A ten-lane launch ramp has parking and nearby restrooms. Swimming—The day-use area has Once the Delta tributaries join together, they taper into a channel, entering the ocean through narrow Carquinez Strait. 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
Brannan Island State Recreation Area 17645 Hwy. 160 • Rio Vista, CA 94571 • (916) 777-6671 The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta—a thousand miles of rivers, sloughs, levees and marshes—has become one of the world’s outstanding water recreation areas. At its gateway, Brannan Island State Recreation Area offers year-round camping, picnicking, boating, fishing and swimming. PARK FEES are due and payable upon entry into the park. Use the self-registration system if the entrance station is closed. Fees include one vehicle. Extra vehicles will be charged a fee. Campsite use must be paid for in advance. To hold a campsite you must reserve and occupy it. OCCUPANCY: Eight people maximum are allowed per campsite. VEHICLE PARKING: Vehicles may only be parked in your assigned campsite. They must remain on the pavement and must not extend into the roadway beyond the campsite number or limit line. You may park 2 vehicles in each campsite. CAMPSITES: Ropes or lines may not be attached to any plant, fence or park structure. You may attach lines to your property only. It is essential that tents and other equipment be confined to the space assigned. For information on the campsite limits, please ask a ranger or the camp host. CHECK-OUT TIME is noon. Please vacate your site by that time. Check-in is 2 p.m. SPEED LIMIT: The maximum speed limit is 15 mph. When pedestrians are present even 15 mph might be too fast. Use good judgment. DOGS must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet and under human control at all times. They are allowed on paved roads or in your campsite only. Dogs (except for service dogs) are prohibited on all trails and beaches except in designated areas. Pets must be kept inside tents or vehicles during nighttime hours. GENERATORS may only be operated between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. ALCOHOL and glass containers are not allowed beyond your campsite. FIRES/FIREWOOD: Fires are only allowed in fire rings provided. Collecting dead or downed wood is prohibited. Firewood is available for sale at the camp host site. All fireworks are prohibited. FISHING regulations are available at www.dfg.ca.gov. LOADED FIREARMS AND HUNTING are not allowed. Possession of loaded firearms or air rifles is prohibited. BICYCLES are allowed only on paved roads. Bicycle riders under age 18 must wear a helmet. Bicycles ridden after dark must have a light. Please ride safely. DAY USE offers beach access, restrooms, barbeques, picnic tables and shade ramadas. Day use is open from sunrise to sunset. TRASH: Cigarettes, paper, boxes, bottles, ashes and other rubbish must be placed in designated receptacles. Please clean up after yourself so that others may enjoy the beauty of this park. NOTE: All natural and cultural features are protected by law and may not be disturbed or removed. QUIET HOURS are from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Radios and other sound-producing devices must not be audible beyond your immediate campsite. To ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone, please do not disturb other campers, regardless of the time of day or night. Discover the many states of California.TM CAMPING RESERVATIONS: You may make camping reservations by calling (800) 444-7275 (TTY 800-274-7275). To make online reservations, visit our website at www.parks.ca.gov ALTERNATE FORMAT: This publication can be made available in alternate formats. Contact interp@parks.ca.gov or call (916) 654-2249. LEGEND 69 70 73 71 72 74 Seven RO ER T hr ch B ea 103 104 105 1 115 06 1 11 07 4 11 3 110 y Launch Host (No Tent Camping) tC am p - No D r iv ing to 117 118 116 t ou 124 125 122 Walk-In 126 121 M Camp 120 R E 127 B 128 Walk-In Camp Cabin 123 mp Maps not to scale. 9-1-1. and To Gr oup Cam p 119 ANTIOCH (13 Miles) 109 111 Pu For Emergencies Dial Rally Site (Overflow) Boat Trailer Parking 108 Olympic Loop Campground a 82 80 78 76 75 Mile me cra Sa Cottonwood Campground Rally Site (Overflow) © 2011 (Rev. 2012) California State Parks Kiosk Cottonwood Campground 84 Fishing Pier RIV Park Entrance Delta Vista Berthing Area Bo 68 81 79 77 Willow Campground 160 Stat io n h 83 Telephones wa 66 MOKELUMNE RIVER (5 miles) Private Marina (Gas) En tra nce 64 RIVER (4 miles) SAN JOAQUIN RIVER (2 miles) Boat Ramps To 85 90 87 86 ent Delta Sector Office Swimming Windy Cove rge m ugh 89 88 67 Kiosk 92 91 58 60 62 63 65 96 94 nla le 61 98 95 93 h u gSAN JOAQUIN o l No Power Boats Beyond this Point Walk-In Campsites 116-128 Mi 56 97 S Sacramento Group Campground ee 54 ee Showers TH 102 100 47 45 Se RV Sanitation Station Sloug 99 51 59 Restrooms 42 160 W. Brannan Island Rd Olympic Loop 103-115 Ranger Station 40 Mile 48 101 57 39 46 49 50 55 Picnic Area 44 2 1 52 Parking Three 3 Locked Gate 38 41 43 5 4 32 RE E BR M IDG ILE E 7 6 Group Picnic Area 36 37 Willow 31 34 35 11 Campground 8 53 33 13 Group Campground 29 30 21 19 18 1

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