I took a walk around Big Break this morning looking for beavers that frequent the shores. I found tracks on the shoreline but could not find the elusive animals. I have seen them on walks around Jersey Island. The beavers in Oakley don’t present the same issues that they have in Martinez. I feel it is safe to save that they are generally welcomed by all. Besides beaver the park also provides habitat for osprey, great blue heron, river otter, raccoons, among other wildlife.
I did notice that the bridge over the slough at Piper Lane is open. The Big Break Trail can now be traveled through to its connection with the Marsh Creek Trail.
During the late 1800s asparagus farmers “reclaimed” this marshy area for cultivation by creating a levee system against the waters of Dutch Slough and the San Joaquin River. In 1928 portions of the levee gave way creating a “Big Break”. The asparagus farm was lost. However, if you walk the park in the spring you may find some remanent asparagus still growing.