Brannan Island Recreation Area will close in April

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California state park officials say they are looking for a new operator for their recreation area on Brannan Island.

STOCKTON, Calif. – A popular recreation area along the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is set to close in April after California State Parks officials say the island operator has announced plans to end operations.

Brannan Island Recreation Areawhich is part of the California Department of Parks and Recreation, has operated under a monthly contract with American Land and Leisure since 2013.

According to a press release published on Thursday by California State Parks, American Land and Leisure recently informed state officials that they plan to halt operations on the island on April 1.

Without an operator, the recreation area will be forced to close, California State Parks said.

“Due to the remoteness of the state recreation area, there are no resources at state parks to keep it open,” California State Parks said in the statement. “Affected reservation holders will be contacted by the state reservation system – ReserveCalifornia.com – via email and will receive a refund. Reservation cancellations and refunds will be automatic.”

The state called the shutdown “temporary,” but did not provide a timeline for when and how it would reopen.

Brannan Island, a 336-acre recreation area sandwiched between the Sacramento River and Three Mile Slough, has opened as a state park since 1965.

For years, local families have boated, camped, fished, picnicked and swum in the Southern Sacramento County Recreation Area.

California State Parks says it hopes the closure will be temporary as it searches for a new operator for the recreation area.

For those hoping to enjoy the rivers and lakes of the Central Valley, California State Parks has suggested visiting other local parks and recreation areas.

“For similar recreation opportunities in Sacramento and San Joaquin counties, please visit Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, Auburn State Recreation Area, Colusa River State Sacramento and San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area,” California State Parks said in their press release.

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