The Sacramento - San Joaquin Delta
Is A Prime Class C Motorhome Destination!
The Sacramento - San Joaquin Delta is a contradiction in that this special geographic location has a personality unlike any other place you will find in California.
However, there are plenty of opportunities for recreational enthusiasts. You will find boating activities, such as fishing, water skiing, kayaking, and wind surfing. There are also diverse activities such as great hikes, rowdy festivals, and quiet, isolated sloughs that can restore the soul. Most of the 1000 miles of the San Joaquin Delta waterway can be summed up with the word, "quaint". It is almost Midwest in flavor.
The San Joaquin Delta region is also unique in that it is considered to be an inverted delta region. Inverted deltas are very rare. There are just a couple of them in the world, and none are as extensive as ours.
Inverted deltas consolidate runoff from multiple channels into one major waterway going into the ocean. The San Joaquin Delta traps all the water runoff from California's Central Valley and channels it through the Carquinez Strait and into the San Pablo Bay. It then makes its way under the Golden Gate Bridge and into the Pacific Ocean.
This is the exact opposite of the "classic" delta in that, when viewed from an altitude, it will fan out from a narrow river entrance to a multiple channel system where it enters the ocean. The Nile River is an example of this type of delta.
You have many choices of RV parks and campgrounds to stay at while visiting our San Joaquin Delta. An example of a small RV Park that has good sites with 30 amp power is the Ko-Ket Resort.
directly on the Sacramento River.
This San Joaquin Delta RV resort has 10 shaded grass sites that are sitting right on the river. This is a very nice little park that is very well maintained.
I like Ko-Ket for a couple of reasons. First of all, I like the fact that you can put your Class C Motorhome right on the grass next to the water. I consider this a big plus. And secondly, there is a great hike just north of here in the Delta Meadows State Park.
looked like in past times.
Ko-Ket also has an easy access from the freeway. It is only 8 miles from I-5 using the Walnut Grove Thornton Rd exit. Using this route keeps the driving distance along a narrow levy road to just over 2 miles. For some rigs, this could be a real plus.
Leaving Ko-Ket and driving north just over 3 miles on Isleton Rd. will take you to the town of Locke, CA. There are many small towns in the San Joaquin Delta. Locke, however, is somewhat unique. Although its roots only go back to the early 1900's (there are many small towns in Northern California that can trace their heritage back to the 1850's), it still holds a unique place in California History.
use of these same workers.
In other words, the Chinese built this place and then lived here. Now, you may be asking, "Why in the heck were all these Chinese settling in the San Joaquin Delta?"
The Chinese immigrants have been a major contributor to our economic health for the last 150 years or so. Chinese labor... I say labor, because they worked where no one else would, put the Transcontinental Railroad over the Sierra Nevada Mountains. This is considered to be one the greatest technological feats of the nineteenth century.
The Chinese were also instrumental in the building of the Panama Canal, and the building of levies in the San Joaquin Delta.
Unfortunately, many US citizens were not open to the idea that the Chinese should have equal opportunity in this great nation. It wasn't until the 1940's that our government figured out that these people should become citizens and have the right to vote. But, that is another topic.
Locke is not a large town, and it has never had a population over 600. This San Joaquin Delta town is not going to be accused of being a tourist trap. It is unusual though... the main street profile has not changed since it was built.
The people here quietly go about their business and welcome visitors. As a note, at the southern end of main street there is a small shop called The Tourist Trap. Just ask for Martha, and she will be more than happy to describe her town and answer questions.
Joaquin Delta Slough
Behind Locke is a 2.5 mile hike that is somewhat hidden. There are, however, a couple of ways to get there. One way would be to drive south for less than 1/4 of a mile from Locke along the Sacramento River.
This short distance will take you to the Chuck Tyson Memorial Park. This park is small and easily overlooked. However, there are some propane tanks just behind it that stand out fairly well.
You will see a dirt road to the right of the regional park and it leads around past the propane tanks. Using this road and making an immediate left, you will see a wooden sign indicating that you are entering the Delta Meadows State Recreation Area (DMSRA).
You will now be on a gravel road. This road is on top of the levy and just behind, or east of Locke. Follow this road back for about a half mile or so.
The DMSRA is one of the few areas that still gives a glimpse of what our delta system was approximately 150 years ago. It is an incredibly peaceful area with sloughs, natural islands, and meadows teaming with birds, such as the great blue herons, mallards, kingfishers, and cormorants.
The nature of our delta dictates that viewing "The Meadows", as it is called, is best done by boating access. However, the above mentioned trail will give you a flavor for this unique area.
This hike incorporates a narrow corridor of land alongside Railroad Slough. This is the home for otters, beavers and muskrats that inhabit the waterways and shoreline of the surrounding sloughs. Blackberries are abundant during the summer months, and offer a summertime treat.
As an alternative, go to The Tourist Trap in Locke and ask for Martha... she can show you how to get to the Delta Meadows from the back of the town.
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