Franks Tract State Recreation Area

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Franks Tract State Recreation Area


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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 Game regulations. All arrangements are made in advance through Brannan Island SRA.

Map of Franks Tract State Rec. Area (CA)

Latitude, Longitude: 38.051116, -121.646372



  • Boating

    Franks Tract is accessible by boat only. Most of the area is submerged, with just a few exposed land areas.

  • Fishing

    Anglers catch striped bass, sturgeon, catfish, black bass, bluegill, crappie, perch, bullhead and an occasional salmon or steelhead in the river and sloughs around the park. Some of the striped bass taken here have weighed 30 to 40 pounds. A California fishing license is required, and may be purchased at the many marinas, bait shops and supply stores throughout the Delta.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    For more on OHV use, please call Franks Tract SRA offices.

  • Picnicking

    Very little land is above water, so visitors will have their picnics in boats.

  • RVing

    RVing is not possible, as the area is accessible by boat only.

  • Water Sports

    Boating and water skiing are very popular around Franks Tract.


Franks Tract SRA lies in a blended Mediterranean and Continental zone, with warmer, drier summer conditions (60's-high 80's F) and colder, damper winter conditions (40's-60's F). Layering is encouraged.

Park Partners

California State Parks Foundation

The California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) was founded in 1969 by William Penn Mott, Jr., former director of both California's Department of Parks and Recreation and the National Park Service. With their 120,000 members, CSPF is the only statewide independent nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting, enhancing and advocating for California's magnificent state parks. Since 1969, CSPF has raised more than $170 million to benefit state parks. CSPF is committed to improving the quality of life for all Californians by expanding access to the natural beauty, rich culture and history, and recreational and educational opportunities offered by California's 278 state parks--the largest state park system in the United States.

(415) 262-4400



Located southeast of Brannan Island between False River and Bethel Island. The area is accessible only by water.


The closest major airport to Franks Tract SRA is Sacramento International Airport, approximately 55 miles away. From there, car rental services are available.

Public Transportation

Rio Vista Transit Services offers public transportation in the Rio Vista area, with three different routes. For more information on fares and scheduling, call 707-374-2878.

Phone Numbers


(916) 777-6671