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Navigate the World - Andrus Island Waterfront House w/ Dock in Delta

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Air Conditioning
  • Private Pool
  • Hot Tub


About the property

The first thing that strikes you when you arrive in the California Delta: is this really California? The Delta is unlike the stereotypical California in many ways. The California Delta is the largest estuary in Northern America. It is one of the only few examples of an inverted River Delta. The total area in the California Delta is around 1,100 square miles with around 70 reclaimed islands, surrounded by 1,100 miles of levees and 700 miles of waterways. The California Delta was a marshland reclaimed by the building of the levees. These levees were built by the Chinese laborers in the 1850’s.

Because of its unique ecology and location, the California Delta is rich in history and wildlife. There are many designated historical sites and museums. Some of the wildlife here: otters, beavers, pheasants, egrets, blue herons, cormorants, hawks, eagles, vultures, quails, bats, and amazing birds in flight. Don’t miss the graceful Sand Hill Cranes, which migrates here annually. The Sand Hill Crane is honored here annually at the Sand Hill Crane Festival. Fishing is renowned in the Delta and the fish taste great. Imagine fresh stripers, bass, sturgeon, salmon, catfish, crawdad, and flounder. The peat soil of the California Delta makes it one of the most fertile agricultural areas in the country. There are numerous orchards, U-pick farms, and wineries. Likewise, wild fruits and nuts are abundant for the foragers. This is the ideal location for nature trips, fishing, boating, family reunions, swimming, inner tubing, water skiing, wake boarding, and sightseeing.

The California Delta and its “Thousand Miles of Waterways” is a major recreation destination. The Delta consists of many small natural sloughs and exspansive recreational lake areas. The home resides on Andrus Island along the banks of the Georgiana Slough, a calm pristine deep water channel in the central Delta. Many of the islands here are accessible only by boat, ferry, or aircraft. There are many kinds of draw bridges and even a barge ferry that takes you from one island to another. The warm, breezy summers here is reminiscent of Hawaii; this is your Hawaii on the main land. This is the closest you get to Hawaii without the hassle and the expense of traveling to Hawaii.

The Oxbow Marina is centrally located at the entrance to the Delta Loop. It is near Isleton, Rio Vista, Walnut Grove, and Locke (Delta Chinatown). You are near restaurants, grocery shopping, museums, and bait shops. Some of the unique restaurants by land or boat from our dock are: Moore’s River Boat, Guisti’s, the Point, Tower Park, Foster’s Big Horn, Rojelio's, Al the Whop, the Grand Island Mansion, and the Ryde Hotel. Nearby are also the Rio Vista Trilogy Golf Course and a nine-hole par 3 at the Ryde Hotel. The Oxbow Marina is located on Andrus Island, accessible by both land and water. The house sits waterfront on a natural oxbow. The Oxbow Marina features guest docks, club house, and a boat launch. The grounds are lush with towering palm groves, fruits trees, and well-maintained flat lawns for a game of Bocci or Horseshoe. There is a full playground for children. The marina has a swimming pool and a club house available for people who dock their boat with the marina. Or, jump in and float down the river around the natural oxbow loop for 20-30 minutes to the marina dock and walk back to the house in five minutes. The house is waterfront with a large deck and a boat dock on the Georgiana Slough. The spacious covered deck has gorgeous views of the Delta. The dock is ideal for fishing, swimming, and boating. This is a perfect location for entertaining or just relaxing. There are two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The living room couch has a pull out queen bed. The master bedroom has a king size bed and the guest room has a queen size bed and both beds are solid Rosewood carved in China and shipped here. There is a well equipped over-sized in-door kitchen and an outdoor BBQ grill and sink. The deck has a small refrigerator and two separate eating areas. Enjoy amazing views of the sunrise from various places in the house. Or, step out on to the deck and breathe in fresh crisp morning air while savoring the sunrise over a cup of coffee. Later in the day, stroll down the marina levee and gaze at the spectacular sunset. Look again, see a flock of birds flying over the painted sky – these are the amazing birds of the Delta. As the birds fly over the waterways, you ponder your navigation to San Francisco, and to the world.

"Please be advised"

"Sorry but we don't allow pets no matter how small or trained they are; guests will be asked to leave immediately if they fail to respect this simple NO PET policy"

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Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 27, 2017


Ox-bow Marina House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Resort ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Boat Master - Oversized Tub
    Guest Bath - Next to Nautilous Room
    Outdoor Shower Area - outdoor shower , Please wash sand off. Ruins washer and dryer!
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Boat Master - 1 king , Optional Bed Linens with Spare Set
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Highend Sofa Sleeper with Foam Mattress -Optional Bed Linen
    Nautilous Room - 1 queen , Optional Bed Linens with Spare
  • Optional Beds available
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

Navigate the World - Andrus Island Waterfront House w/ Dock in Delta
average rating of 4.4615383 based on 13 reviews

Nice place, but could be better stocked

  • 3 of 5

We had a very nice stay at the river house. The design of the house was just about perfect for us, especially the patio that overlooks the slough and the outdoor kitchen setup. Fishing was good and the wildlife and the occasional boats that passed provided plenty of diversions. The house was clean and comfortable and we appreciated the filtered water, satellite TV and Wi-Fi. The neighbors one one side were quiet and friendly and on the other they were not in residence. Being able to park in the driveway and unload our cars up only six steps was a vast improvement from other places we've rented where you lug everything up dozens of steps to the living area. The Isleton area offers a lot of activities, much more than Bethel Island where we have stayed in past years.

Having said all these good things I should mention the negatives. The houses here are extremely close together so we felt fortunate to enjoy the peace and quiet that we did. In either direction there were at times small gatherings or parties going on that would have significantly impacted us if they had been closer. Maybe that never happens here but then again maybe it does. Fishing from the deck was hampered by numerous snags from underwater weeds along the shore making it almost impractical to fish from the comfortable and otherwise convenient deck. Fishing from the dock was not a good option either as it is very small and unstable even for one person and accessible only by a steep, narrow, and at times slippery gangway with only a single handrail. There were plenty of dishes and cookware in the kitchen but we had to bring (or spend our time and money to buy) a number of essentials like toilet paper, hand soap, dishwasher detergent, aluminum foil, scrub sponge, and laundry soap. I imagine some of these things were in the many locked cabinets throughout the house. Other places we have rented always had these items readily available. We also had to make up our own beds when we arrived and strip them before we left.

All in all the place is nice and we may consider returning next year, knowing now what we must bring and do upon arrival.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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River Bliss

  • 4 of 5

This was our first trip to the California Delta and the location was perfect. The boathouse was very well appointed, quiet , clean and comfortable. A beautiful view of the from the deck is excellent to enjoy a meal, a nice glass of wine and the colorful sunsets. Having a dock for our boat was icing on the cake. The marina staff were nice and accommodating. We traveled north by boat up to Walnut Grove and Locke. The scenery was outstanding, like traveling thru Louisiana waterways, wildlife all around. Going south down to the Mokelumne River we were able to have some excellent skiing and wake-boarding on miles of glass, perfect! Lodi was a short 15 minute drive to do wine tasting and touring. The Syrah and Zinfandels here are great. Overall a wonderful and relaxing vacation we will most surely repeat, Thank you Steve for sharing your home with us.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Home Great Location

  • 5 of 5

Great home with so much room! We absolutely loved the home and location. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great vacation

  • 4 of 5

Stay was great, house was clean and comfortable, convenient boat launch and own private dock. If you have a boat it is quite a long ride in a no wake zone to get out of the slough to go to other places, restaurants, fishing spots, etc. if driving in a vehicle everything is pretty close. Kitchen needs a knife sharpener or new knives, not a big deal. I would definitely rent place again.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Property is great! Very comfortable house in a great location.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time during our stay. The house is very comfortable and well-stocked. Very inviting. Nice to be on so much water since we live in a severe drought area. Hubby enjoyed the fishing and our granddaughter and I enjoyed relaxing. Played games out on the fantastic deck and enjoyed the view. Very peaceful there during the week.

House was exactly as described and instructions were well planned and clear. Everything was clean and comfortable.

We rented a pontoon boat at Sugar Barge Marina and cruised the waterways. A MUST SEE is the town of Locke. AMAZING!!!! Old Chinese settlement established in 1915 by Chinese immigrants brought over to build the levees. Be sure to turn down the street behind Locke Garden Chinese a Restaurant. I can't describe how it is. Then stop at Locke Garden Chinese Restaurant. Not fancy at all-- but amazing food. We were the only ones there. Cook and one other person working. They served us a feast family style. Ate til we popped and brought home leftovers! Check it out!

My thanks to Steve and his family for sharing their home!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice place but needs Attention

  • 3 of 5

Kitchen area needs to be taken care of a little better, the knives were dull, No organization of the kitchen at all, and the dishes in the kitchen were still dirty and on the shelves. The dishwasher does not not either, so we washed the dishes ourselves.

We were given an early check in when we arrived at 3:30 they were still having it cleaned till 4:30 before we had the place to ourselves

They did not let us know when the garbage needed to be put out and the cans were full, if I did not ask the neighbors when the garbage was picked up we would not have had any place for the garbage

The outside needs to be cleaned monthly as the cobwebs were everywhere.

On the better side, the bedrooms, bathrooms and the patio were wonderful and updated very clean and inviting. This made made the stay very nice for a family environment.

We really enjoyed the stay but for the pricing charged it should have been nicer as we stayed in Monterey and Temecula at resorts for less money and less work.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review and we'll be sure to sharpen those knives. We strive to make our boat house comfortable for the majority of our guest which includes my own family.. We learn each and everytime a little bit more of what we can do to make changes within our home or be more selective about which guests would be a better fit. For those of you that read this review and response please note I was not sure if this guest would be a good fit since they had to leave their dog behind (no pets allowed) and they asked about what hours the front office would be open. This was a red flag and I should have recommended something else. VRBO is really staying at someone's home with little to no support nearby. Our home is a great boat house on the river, not a resort, and never web free ever. Our cleaner is usually there one or two days before. In this case we had guests one after the other and this guest requested last minute for early check-in. We were accommodating but being there early most likely impacted our cleaners ability to move about freely and cross-check and clean webs outside. Lessons learned on our part. As for the dishwasher, we'll check it and add trash pick-up times to our arrival packets. thanks for the input, As for the kitchen layout it's long and narrow like a boat galley and we love it. All the dishes and silverware are kept high above the floor to keep creepy crawler critters away and we point this out in the arrival information. In the end we're glad this guest managed to have a good time even though it was not a good fit either way. We wish them well.
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Nearest Airport
4 Miles
Rio Vista Muni
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Delta Island Ferries
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Trilogy, Rio Vista
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
CA 12 and CA 168
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Ski
0.1 Miles


The California Delta and its “Thousand Miles of Waterways” is a major recreation designation. The Delta consists of many small natural and man-made channels (slough). The Georgiana Slough, which the house is next to, is a calm deep water channel way without the roughness of the rivers. Many of the islands here are accessible only by boat, ferry, or aircraft. There are many kinds of bridges and even a barge that takes you from one island to another. There are many events held here annually. Not to be missed is the 4th of July fireworks at Mandeville Island. The warm, breezy summers here is reminiscent of Hawaii; this is your Hawaii on the Main Land. This is the closest you get to Hawaii without the hassle and the expense of traveling to Hawaii.


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Linens (for 6 people) $80
Cleaning Fee $150
Property Damage Protection $59

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