Big Break Regional Shoreline, a 1,648-acre mostly-offshore piece of the Delta is one of the newest additions to the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD). Big Break Regional Shoreline will soon feature multiple trails, an observation/fishing pier, a boat launch, parking, rest rooms, and the Delta Science Center.
The Big Break Trail, operated by the East Bay Regional Park District, currently begins at the north end of Jordan Lane at Walnut Meadows Drive and runs north and then east to Marsh Creek. Much of what you can view along this route falls along Ironhouse Sanitary District property that is located to the southeast side of the trail. A project currently under construction will build a bridge over the Vintage Parkway Creek Channel and connect the trail to the Big Break Regional Shoreline Park. Depending on weather the trail should be open by December. The project will also make trail improvements along ½ mile of shoreline from Piper Lane to the existing trail at Fetzer Lane. The ultimate goal is to extend the trail west through the Cline and DuPont properties to the Oakley/Antioch Regional Shoreline Park.
The Marsh Creek Trail, which winds through Creek Side Park in Brentwood to the shores of the San Joaquin River in Oakley, connects with the Big Break trail. It will be part of a greater trail system that will stretch from the oak draped foothills of Mt Diablo (Morgan Territory Regional Preserve and Round Valley Regional Park) to the shores of the Delta at Big Break. These trails and others planned in Oakley will be part of the Great California Delta Trail which will link the San Francisco Bay Trail system and planned Sacramento trails in Yolo and Sacramento counties to present and future trails in and around the Delta.
The City recently received a $1,067,550 grant from the California River Parkways Program to establish a creek side environment along Marsh Creek. This will create approximately 2,400 linear feet of trail along Marsh Creek in Oakley’s new Creekside Park.
Along the Contra Costa Canal is the Delta de Anza Regional Trail, named to commemorate the route taken by Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza during his 18th century expedition into the Delta region of Eastern Contra Costa County. The paved, multi-use hiking, bicycling and equestrian trail currently runs for about 15 miles and connects the cities of Concord, Bay Point, Pittsburg, Antioch and Oakley and provides access to Contra Loma Regional Park (and Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve) through Antioch Community Park. This relatively flat trail intersects Antioch’s Mokelumne Trail and the Marsh Creek Regional Trail.
The Ironhouse Sanitary District allows fishing, hiking and pheasant hunting on our Jersey Island property by permit only. Camping opportunities may soon be available on Jersey Island. There is no charge to obtain a permit, but there are several conditions that must be observed. Walking dogs on the “Halsey Trail” is allowed when the trail is open. The trail will be closed during pheasant hunting season, levee maintenance, or inclement weather. Walking with or training dogs in the fields is permitted only during hunting season. The running of dogs with a moving vehicle is NOT permitted. Dogs must be under the owner’s control at all times. If you wish to park on Jersey Island you must also obtain an annual Parking Pass. The current fee for the annual Parking Pass is thirty ($30) dollars.