The San Joaquin-Sacramento Delta is a boater's paradise that in places feels like another world. Its 1,000 miles of navigable waterways wind through one of the richest agricultural regions in the nation and are easy to get lost in, so navigation skills are a must. Other challenges—like knowledge of tides and currents and being on the alert for low bridges, snags and shallow channels—make houseboating here a different venture than on a lake. But the rewards, from lazing away a day on a quiet slough at Delta Meadows State Recreation Area to tying up at a restaurant on the Delta Loop, are more than worth it.
Seven Crown Resorts is the only company currently renting houseboats on the Delta. Vessels available at its Paradise Point Marina location near Stockton are smaller and nimbler than those seen on large lakes. Pets are welcome on all boats at no extra charge.