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River fun in Stockon
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Rebecca Moseley takes time out from her bike ride to enjoy the remoteness of Buckley Cove Park. - photo by Photo Contributed

Buckley Cove is one of those tucked away places in the 209.

Located on the west end of March Lane in Stockton past the Brookside community, this place is a hub for activity along the San Joaquin River.

It’s actually not too far in the confluence of where the Calaveras River meets the San Joaquin. For the active sort, this is where cyclists or runners trudge along, covering 7.43 miles paved with concrete and asphalt, to far as Cherokee Road.

Rebecca Moseley and Omar Vargas did just that, going along the Calaveras River Bike Path on their road bikes, taking a long break at Buckley Cove.

They enjoyed the remoteness of the area and not to mention the flurry of activity along the river, including recreational water crafts – boats, kayaks, jet skis, etc.

“This is the only boat launch we’ve ever used,” said Megan in her online review. “We’ve always been happy with it.”

She added: “This location is really convenient and has ample parking.”

Maureen echoed likewise.

“Buckley Cove is open 24 hours and has a guard shack on duty,” she said.

Maureen and other gave kudos to the park, praising “the nice park right on the river for picnicking, restroom facilities, and an RV park, too.”

Buckley Cove is one many places in Stockton to beat the summer heat, especially with its location along the Delta.

Included are the following:

• Morelli Park, 1025 W. Weber Ave. This recently renovated four-lane boat launch is located close to downtown underneath the Interstate 5 span. The park is open 24 hours with fees collected at the entrance. Information: 209.462.4200.

• Paradise Point, 8095 Rio Blanco Rd. As a full-service marina, this is the place for renting houseboats, ski boats, patio boats, V-hull fishing boats and ski equipment packages. Paradise Point also has a grocery and tackle store, restaurant, and a lush, relaxing spot to watch people having fun along the Delta. Information: 209.952.1000.

• Louis Park, 3499 Monte Diablo Ave. For many, this is where the Delta adventure begins whether it’s fishing, boating or relaxing in the park. Information: 209.937.8206.

• Windmill Cove. By land, take Highway 4 and go west six miles to Island Drive, taking a right on Inland and going straight to McDonald to Holt, making a right to Windmill Cove Road. This resort and marina is a Delta destination for folks on watercrafts looking for a place to eat, drink and let loose. Information: 209.948.6995.