I do a lot of research
up in the Delta. The Delta is divided into two sections, the San Joaquin River side which is the southern side and the Sacramento River side. To go from one side to the other you have to go pretty far west, almost back to Rio Vista, through Three Mile Slough. To see the most of the Delta, plan on spending about half your time on both sides.
Places to definitely see, Old Sacramento, Hogback Island and perhaps Tower Park Marina...that's if the busy places don't bother you. Or find a nice shady slough to tuck into such as Steamboat slough, just west of Steamboat Slough bridge and spend a day or two kicking back. Be sure to bring all the inflatable water
toys for playing around in the water
when it gets really hot. Bug spray at night is a must although the bugs are not all that bad.
Having relatively recent electronic charts
is a big plus. Its easy for those who are not familiar with the area to get temporarily lost
or to run aground.
The farther East you get, the lower the afternoon winds are..and the hotter the afternoons get. Planning your trips around the currents will speed up transits and save fuel
, especially if you are in spring tides. A full moon up there at night is always a nice benefit. Transiting at night is fine so long as you have enough light to see hazards. Spring is horrible for logs
and deadheads in the water although late summer is much less of a worry. There are lots of bridges so plan your transits around when bridges are available for openings. Transiting at night on a full moon is a great experience with the extra light and the warm but not hot evenings.
The bridge heights on the charts
are not accurate. You have to read the bridge heights directly off the bridge height scale on the bridge itself or call the bridge tender
and ask what is the current
vertical clearance. Be sure to get their hours of operation as well. Not by what the guidebooks
say but by calling the bridge tenders directly by phone
. They are open longer in the evenings during the summer months.
There are a number of guides to the Delta which are an easy look up on Amazon. The late Hal Schell used to be THE authority on the Delta. His books
and guides are great but may be getting a little dated by now. There are still plenty of things though about the Delta that have not changed in many years.
If you need any more specifics then please ask and I will try to help.