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Get to know Bethel Island

Reachable by bridge, Bethel Island lies just east of Antioch and is the junction that sends the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers their separate ways. Comprising one of the largest of more than two hundred isles found throughout the delta region, this peaceful community of just about 2,000 people brims with waterfront homes, marinas and a variety of restaurants and lounges. Marine live thrives in its peaceful sloughs and many brackish lagoons, including enough schools of fish to account for being an accredited university: there’s black and striped bass, catfish, crappie, perch, bullhead, the prehistoric sturgeon and even a steelhead here and there. With its scenic surroundings and access to hundreds of miles of waterways, the region is a downright boating paradise. As they like to say in these parts, anytime is a good time to experience the self-proclaimed “Heart of the Delta.”

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Living in the California Delta

Set where the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers meets Suisun Bay, the Delta forms a natural gateway between the bustle of the Bay Area and the bountiful Central Valley. Golden, windswept hills give a watercolor backdrop to the region, home to half a million residents across Contra Costa, Solano and their adjacent counties. The towns here range from suburban to rural-adjacent, with convenient access to major interstates putting the entire state at your fingertips. Water is central to life in the delta and the boating is unbeatable, some of the best anywhere in the country. It’s not uncommon to catch the curious sight ocean-bound ships gliding through the farm fields towards Stockton, the state’s third-largest port. Many area residents enjoy docks right in their backyards, making it easy to cast off for an afternoon of watersports or lunch at a nearby seafood shack.