These are the photos I would have taken the first time Stefan and I visited Bethel Island, if I’d only had my camera with me.
Bethel Island, for those unfamiliar with the Delta, is a “census-designated place” with a population of about 2100 a few miles from Oakley. It’s just barely an island, since the sloughs dividing it from Jersey Island, the Holland Tract, and the mainland are pretty narrow.
In any case, it makes Oakley look like a teeming metropolis. There are cows, goats, horses, and the occasional dead skunk, as well as a good 300 acres of empty land for sale.
The first time we went there, about a month ago, we drove up Bethel Island Road to Gateway Road and out all the way to the water, thus landing at Frank’s Marina, which is abandoned. The map I bought today says that next to Frank’s Marina is Riverview Harbor, and then Lundborg Landing. What we saw was a deserted RV park used as a dumping ground.