Cottonwood Campground is next to the Willow Campground. Both offer about 50 campsites, making a grand total of 100 convenient campsites right by the park entrance. Located along the shores of the Three Mile Slough, boating and other water recreation are super accessible. These campgrounds are perfect for taking the whole family as well as RVs and trailers, but only water hookups are available.
Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
47 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Up to 6 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


Brannan Island boasts world-class boating and watersports (see the windsurfing section). With a ten-lane launch ramp and boat-i...Read more


Bass, sturgeon, catfish, perch, shad, bluegill, and migrating salmon live in the Delta. There is a wooden fishing platform on t...Read more


This recreation area isn’t ideal for hiking as there aren’t many designated hiking trails, but it’s fun to explore nonetheless!...Read more

Wind sports

Windsurfing is quite popular on Brannan Island, with two sloughs and the Sacramento River at your fingertips, but the best plac...Read more


It gets hot here during the summer, so it seems perfect to cool off in the water. You can take a dip at the picnic area on the ...Read more

Wildlife watching

Brannan Island is home to plenty of little wildlife critters, like jackrabbits, ground squirrels, skunks and snakes, as well as...Read more


Natural features you'll find at Cottonwood Campground.

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Hipcamper Sally
Sally L.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 10th, 2021

I stayed two nights in campsite 61 and had an amazing time. If you visit in the summer, make sure your site has shade or bring a canopy. If you want a bit of privacy, choose sites 71 or 72 which is in the back surrounded by trees. This campground is very convenient and close to everything--town is 10 minutes away. They have a small beach area on the other side of the park where you can go swimming or you can go to Sandy Beach Park and make a day of it. There's also awesome windsurfing and kitesurfing nearby. I did a beginner lesson with Delta Wind Sports and it was a blast!

Hipcamper Spaulding
Spaulding M.
doesn't recommend this listing.
May 29th, 2021

Rules are too strict and when it gets dark earwigs fall from the trees and come up from the ground and take over EVERYTHING. Dogs must be on leash at all times and they cannot enter the water. Only two license plates per site even though they can comfortably fit 3 cars and 6 cars squished. The people in charge drive around in golf caddies so you get a sense of being watched all the time. Overall, bad experience especially because of the bugs. Bathrooms were very clean however.

Hipcamper Colleen
Colleen C.
didn't provide a recommendation.
November 18th, 2016

Great spot in a beautiful area. Brannan Island is the best and this campground is a solid choice if you want to stay in that area.

Hipcamper Paul E.
recommends this listing.
September 27th, 2018
Hipcamper Angel H.
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June 17th, 2018
Hipcamper Robert D.
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January 3rd, 2018
Brannan Island State Recreation Area
United States
Phone Number
(916) 777-6671
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Official Website
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38.109° N, 121.695° W
Unknown price
Tent / RV / Trailer: 47 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)