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Get your feet wet this summer in Stockton, California’s Delta

Find good old-fashioned fun on the Delta!

The Sunrise Seaport’s waterways flow deep with a rich history. The marriage of the Sacramento River and San Joaquin River birthed dozens of canals—known as the California Delta—that the earliest settlers used to produce food and for basic transportation. Riverboats carried necessities like food, mail and newspapers up and down these channels, before they became a platform for sport to visitors and locals. Even the California Gold Rush saw the gold diggers shipping gold up and down the Delta from the mines to the banks.

For a more detailed history of the California Delta, check out this San Joaquin Magazine cover story, “History of the Stockton Delta.”

Today, visitors to the Delta are seeking a valuable treasure of another kind—good old-fashioned fun. Lucky for them, these waterways have more than enough history with that.

Aye, Aye, Captain!

Looking to get out on the water with your family or a close group of friends? Charter a boat through H2O Excursions! This company will make sure your small party is full of priceless memories. This private charter allows for 6 adults to celebrate special occasions and enjoy the magic of the Delta with a licensed and experienced captain. Additionally, you can take a self-guided excursion (see what we did there?) on a jet ski, paddleboard, or hydrobike rental!

Baby, let’s cruise

Those who have their own private mode of water transportation can stop at one of the region’s twenty marinas. The Downtown Stockton Marina offers free docking for guests for up to two hours as well as dining and shopping. Out on the Delta, River Point Landing, King Island Resort, Five Star Marina, and Tiki Lagoon are just a few places you can refuel, pump out, load up some laundry or fit in a hot shower.

Hoist your sail

Another part of the city’s legacy is the Stockton Sailing Club. Started in 1933 by three Stockton High School alums, the club took on a number of names and facilities until it found its home in 1966. Today, 4980 Buckley Cove Way has 20- to 36-foot slips; water, hose, and electrical service on all docks; 24-hour security with a gated harbor; sailing seminars, programs and camps; and Friday-night dinners hosted (on rotation) by club members.

Light up the night by taking in one of the many firework shows from the water! The Stockton Ports at Banner Island Ballpark, which backdrops to the Delta, display art in the sky through the season. Check-out their schedule to find all the evening firework dates!

*One of the most popular times to ride along the Delta is the beginning of July. Fireworks are on display in the sky and reflected in the water, creating a celebratory kaleidoscopic viewing experience. Head to Mandeville Island in early July for the Annual Barron Hilton Fireworks Extravaganza. This year was the event’s 63rd year during which those on land and water were treated to one of the most spectacular firework displays in the area.

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