New Website Aids Exploration of Delta State Parks

The Parks Forward Commission has collaborated with others to create a new app,, that allows you to find parks, trails and other recreation opportunities near you within California. screenshot of homepage screenshot of homepage

When I clicked through to State Parks and typed Walnut Grove, CA into the search bar, 4 nearby parks came up:

  • Stone Lakes
  • Stone Lakes Wildlife Refuge
  • Franks Tract State Recreation Area
  • Brannan Island State Recreation Area.

In addition the application allows you to locate camping sites, mountain bike trails, dog walking opportunities, and beaches.


Town of Locke

Step into living history:  only a mile up the river from Walnut Grove, Locke offers historic interest, quirky shopping and good food and drink.  And yes, there is a Chinese food restaurant.

It is easy to pull off the highway and park in the parking lot by the public bathrooms or along the street.  A few of the buildings are California State Park museums (

I had a relaxing time at the bar in Al the Wop’s where I met Dessa (who hopefully will be my tour guide for Walnut Grove).  I will return and enjoy a meal at Al’s place and post a review.  Meanwhile Al’s enjoys a 94% approval rating on the Urban Spoon.

Al the Wop’s (916) 776-1800; 13936 Main Street, Locke, CA 95690; open 7 days a week

Locke Garden Chinese Restaurant (916) 776-2100; Cantonese style; Tues-Sun 11-9