Isleton is a tiny town nestled along the East side of the Sacramento River, founded in 1874 by Josiah Pool. At one time there were at least five canneries in the area and many paddlewheelers stopped at Isleton's dock to transfer produce and dry goods. Chinese immigrants played an integral role in Delta reclamation and agriculture. Historic Chinese and Japanese districts are featured along Main Street. Local antique stores, stainglass artwork and a historical museum make this another worthwhile stopping point in your journey along the Sacramento River. One of the popular draws to Isleton is the Annual Cajun Festival...crawdads and Cajun music are featured every June over Father's Day Weekend.
Rio Vista is a beautiful riverfront bedroom community located on the West Bank of the Sacramento River, founded in 1857. Its most noted landmark is the Rio Vista twin tower bridge. Rio Vista has shops, numerous restaurants, food markets, historic museums, a marina and even an airport. The Dutra Museum is an interesting place to visit to learn more about how the rivers were dredged and levees formed in the 1800's and how they are maintained today. Located off Highway 12, it is the major connecting town between Interstates 80 and 5.
Fishing is king around here. The big event of the year is the 3-day Rio Vista Bass Festival in early October. In 1982 Humphrey, The Wayward Whale visited the town and drew world attention.
The Delta Loop is located on Andrus Island and can be accessed from Highway 12 via Brannan Island Road near the Mokelumne River Bridge or Jackson Slough Road a few miles East of Rio Vista. The Delta Loop road meanders along the Mokelumne River, San Joaquin River and Seven Mile Slough. There are many boat harbors, bars, restaurants and resorts along the 10 mile stretch. The road will return you back to Highway 12.
Restaurants & Bars
25 Main Street Deli
Delta Dollar Store
Robin's Nest Thrift