San Joaquin Delta Waterways, Resorts

The Delta consists of a myriad of small
natural and man-made sloughs

The Sacramento / San Joaquin Delta

The San Joaquin Delta is an expansive inland river delta in northern California in the United States. It is formed at the western edge of the Central Valley by the Sacramento River at its confluence with the San Joaquin River just east of where the river enters Suisun Bay (an upper arm of San Francisco Bay). The city of Stockton is located on the San Joaquin River near the southeast edge of the delta. [revise]

The delta consists of a myriad of small natural and man-made channels (locally called sloughs), creating a system of isolated lowland islands and wetlands (defined by dikes or levees). The extensive system of earthen levees has allowed wide-spread farming throughout the delta, one of the most fertile agricultural areas in California. However, a burst dike can result in the flooding of a vast tract of land. On June 4, 2004, a 350 foot (110 m) section of a levee 10 mi (16 km) west of Stockton collapsed, flooding the Upper Jones Tract, a 648 acre (2.6 km˛) "island".

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The many channels throughout the delta are a popular destination for boating and fishing, and provide habitat for migratory birds. Before the building of more modern highways, automobile transportation throughout the area was accomplished by roadways along the levees and one of the most extensive systems of cable ferries in North America. Today, channels of the delta are spanned by over 50 drawbridges.

The Sacramento River Delta is given as an example of an inverted river delta. The fan-shaped area of the of the delta converges downstream, rather than diverging, as the two rivers are forced to exit the Central Valley through the Coast Range via the narrow channel known as the Carquinez Strait leading into the San Francisco Bay

Delta The San Joaquin / Sacramento California Delta is an endless network of rivers, tributaries, and channels that offer an incredible boating experience. Originally used by miners and settlers during the 1848 Gold Rush, the Delta is still as beautiful and mysterious as ever. You can cruise for days, exploring islands, fishing, swimming or sunning.

Delta Chamber The Delta Chamber provides information on area marinas, boating, restaurants, fishing, golf, lodging, cottage rentals, RV & camping, yacht clubs, yacht sales, Delta cities, real estate, member services, and more. The Delta is located on the Northern California Sacramento/San Joaquin River Delta.

Delta Conservatory

Delta King The Delta King still floats but no longer cruises. The famous Riverboat Delta King of the 20\'s is beautifully restored and converted to an upscale hotel with a popular restaurant, entertainment, lounge and meeting and banquet facilities. The Delta King is a great getaway for business, romance, fun or relaxation.

Delta Loop Recreation Delta Recreation The Delta Loop is Located in the California Sacramento/San Joaquin River Delta, offering over 1000 miles of waterways.

Delta Recreation Welcome to Delta Recreation Providing an abundance of information concerning California Delta Boating, Delta Marinas, Delta Yacht Clubs, Delta Fishing, Delta Water sports and even Delta camping. Please enjoy.

Delta Resorts:

Al the Wops Better known as Al the Wop's, Al's place was constructed in 1915 by Lee Bing and three partners who ran a Chinese restaurant in Locke. Then in 1934 Al Adami and an associate came up the river from Ryde to become the only non-Chinese business in town

Rib Factory The Story of BJK’s Rib Factory begins with Keith Burks, a native San Franciscan with family roots in Mississippi. Having family in the South, he learned all about the true art of grilling and smoking. Over the years he perfected his Southern-Style BBQ and marinade techniques both in his home kitchen where he cooks for his family daily and on the road for countless gatherings of family and friends.BJK's Rib

Bob's at the Marina Bob's at the Marina is famous for its fabulous breakfasts and fantastic lunches. Bob's Giant Hamburger has been voted 'The Best of the Best' in San Joaquin County nine years straight.

Garlic Brothers The atmosphere at Garlic Brothers is fun, colorful and lively. The aroma from the wood fire grill and oven is tantalizing and the food is unique and tasty.

Herman & Helen's Herman & Helen's Marina is located at the far west end of Eight Mile Road, which is the Northern-most Stockton exit off of I-5 or Hwy 99.

Hotel Del Rio The hotel as many people call it , was 'the' place to stay when it was built in 1949 by M.C. Valine and Son's. At the time it was a 'modern' hotel with carpet, private baths, central air and heat, a coffee shop, a full service bar, entertainment and yes, gaming in the 'back' where the dining room is presently located.

Korth's Pirate Lair Korth's Pirates' Lair Marina is known as the 'Garden Spot of the Delta' and has been family-owned since 1937. The marina is located on the confluence of the wide San Joaquin and Mokelumne Rivers. Its sheltered location provides protection from current and wind. This beautiful setting is comprised of 16 acres which has been developed into a park like setting.

Landing Bar & Grill Lundborg Landing is located on Bethel Island, California. Overlooking Franks Tract, Lundborg Landing is your convenient getaway to water fun on the California Delta.

Lost Isle Lost Isle is a great place to come relax and meet new people in paradise. There are barbecues, picnic grounds ~ and a lot of amiable company. Yet the back side of the island is primitive with trails that invite contemplation and tranquil hikes

Moore's Riverboat Welcome to Moore's Riverboat floating restaurant. Are you ready for some fun? Come join us for great food, good company, fantastic music, and more!

Orwood Resort Cafe Orwood Resort offers some of the best food on the Delta. Try the famous Okie Taco. It's sure to fill you up and keep you coming back for more. Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with daily specials and a full service bar.

The Point We welcome you to The Point Waterfront Restaurant in Rio Vista, California. The Point is located on the West bank of the Sacramento River, gateway to the beautiful California Delta. At The Point, you will enjoy fine gourmet food, impressive presentations and top of the line service.

Snug Harbor Snug Harbor is the Delta's family and pet friendly marina & RV park situated on the calm, fresh waters of Steamboat Slough. The 21 covered berths are located within Snug Cove to offer added wind and current protection. Covered berth sizes range from 50' to 28'. Open berths and side ties can be found in Snug Cove and along our banks on Steamboat Slough.

Sunset Grill Tower Park Marina-Resort is the perfect jumping-off point for any sportsman. You can bring your boat, or rent one, and set a course acrossmiles of glassy water. There are vast, open playgrounds where water-skiers can test their skill, and secluded sloughs whose depths are home to catfish, striper, and largemouth bass. It's all right here at Tower Park, the gem of California's inland marinas.

Ryde Hotel This California Delta landmark is located three miles south of Walnut Grove, on scenic State Highway 160. You will find the hotel in its peaceful setting on the orchard-lined banks of the Sacramento River.

Wimpy's Marina

Windmill Cove Windmill Cove Resort and Marina is located on the Delta just outside of Stockton, CA on the Stockton deep water channel. Whether you are looking for a place to gas up, get something to eat or drink, or camp for a few nights; Windmill Cove has it all.

Delta River Cruise Enjoy a river cruise between the historic ports of the Sacramento Delta and the San Francisco Bay where you will be treated to breathtaking views of the Golden Gate, Alcatraz, Angel Island, San Pablo and Suisun Bays, Mount Diablo, as well as bridge openings and the quaint towns along the Sacramento River.

Discover The Delta Foundation

Events Calendar: Delta Events

Highways: Highway Road Conditions Map

California State Route 4
State Highway 12
J4 - Byron Road / Grant Line Road

Locke California Locke was founded in 1915 after a fire broke out in the Chinese section of nearby Walnut Grove. The Chinese who lived in that area decided that it was time to establish a town of their own. A committee of Chinese merchants, led by Lee Bing, was formed. They approached land owner George Locke and inquired if they could build on his land.

Sailing Club: Stockton Sailing Club The Stockton Sailing Club knows that a safe and pleasant environment for you, your family and vessel is important to you. They offer a locked, key-accessed, gated sailboat harbor that features highly efficient in-house security

Stockton Tide Chart

Taste of The Delta

Terminous: Map

located at the juncture of Hwy 12, the Mokelumne River's South Fork, and Little Potato Slough, exists only as a memory these days, although there is considerable evidence of its vibrant past. It virtually was a ghost town in the 1969 when Tower Park Marina was established in the old Western Pacific waterside produce packing sheds that line Little Potato Slough. From here, Delta produce was shipped by rail to all over the nation. Workers lived in a "boxcar" village where Tower Park's 400-site RV park is located today. Between the marina and the neighboring Tower Park Village, on a warm summer weekend, doubtlessly more people reside here than there ever did during Terminous'  heyday. Two ferries were located at this site, one to Staten Island and the other to Bouldin Island, the latter one being replaced by a swing bridge in 1936. Marine repair, groceries, marine canvas, new and used boat sales, dining, and much more can be found these days in the Terminous area. Tower Park stages its annual DeltaFest, usually the second weekend in May.  (The Terminous post office was closed years ago and this area now uses a Lodi address.)

Newspaper: Boating & Fishing Newspaper

Sac-San Joaquin Delta

View - The Ever Present Mount Diablo:

Mount DiabloMount Diablo Cam

Walnut Grove California The Walnut Grove Area has a very mild climate and an abundance of sunshine the majority of the year. The area is noted for its pleasant Delta breezes which keep it several degrees cooler than the surrounding Sacramento Valley.

Recreation Links

Beyond San Joaquin In addition to the various things to do in San Joaquin, the county acts as a hub to even more fun and attractions. From skiing the sierras to a scenic drive along the coast, San Joaquin is your gateway to the best of Northern California.

Night Spots People who need people who need people need places to meet said people, so here's a list of local hot spots. Get your groove on and tell em' you found them on Wright Realtors web site!

Golfing Stockton is also home to many beautiful private and public golf courses including Brookside Country Club, Home of the Candian Tour Northern California Classic, The Reserve at Spanos Park, Stockton Golf and Country Club, and the City of Stockton Public courses, Swenson, Van Buskirk, and Lyons.

Professional Sports Stockton is home to the Stockton Ports Professional Baseball, the Stockton Thunder Professional Hockey, the California Cougars Professional Indoor Soccer, and the Stockton Lightning Professional Arena 2 Football Teams

San Joaquin Valley Fun Fun Page Links; Stockton Recreation; Family Attractions; San Joaquin Valley Fun; Area Night Spots; Golfing; Professional Sports; The Delta; Wineries The Central Valley, California's agricultural heartland and more ...

Ski Resorts Our Guide to Northern California ski connection, your interactive guide to skiing in Northern California and Nevada.

Wineries The Central Valley, California's agricultural heartland, is actually 2 valleys that stretch almost 500 miles down the center of the state. The Sacramento Valley and San Joaquin Valley are bordered on the east by the Sierra Nevada Mountains and by the Coast Range to the west. The total acreage under wine grape cultivation in the Central Valley dwarfs all other California regions.

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Sacramento / San Joaquin Delta
Map of the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta

Bacon Island Ferry
Bacon Island Ferry

San Joaquin Delta Islands
San Joaquin Delta


Rio Vista Bridge on the Sacramento River


Homes on the Sacramento River


King island Bridge


Potato Slough at Tower Park Photo


Telephoto view of Mount Diablo from the Central Valley


Telephoto view of Mount Diablo from the Central Valley


Mount Diablo from The Central Valley near Tracy


The Central California Valley
The notch just past half way down is the San Francisco Bay


Brannon Island Road


Brannon Island Road


Brannon Island Avoiding Flooding


Venice Island Ferry


Venice Island Ferry


Mt Diablo covered in rare snow - December 2009


4,000 feet Mt. Diablo seen from the Delta


Mt. Diablo seen from a Delta alfalfa field


Bass boat on Whiskey Slough


Cutting the gras, as they called cutting Asparagus


Growing corn on a Delta Island


Ocean going ship on the Stockton Deep Water Channel


Sailboat on a Delta Slough


Highway 4 bridge constructed in 1919. A bridge tender sits in the small house to pivot the bridge for boats

 

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