Imagine a life where California commuting was a thing of the past (ahhh, the dream). You could get an extra hour of sleep, vs. spending those precious minutes stuck in early morning traffic. You could walk or bike to work instead of wasting money on high gas prices. Could this picture-perfect life be real? The answer is YES!

River Islands Academies entryway

Here at River Islands, there are opportunities for educators and academic professionals to live AND work right here in the community!

Chartered by Banta Unified School District, the River Islands Academies has two K-8 campuses already open. The third K-8 will be open for the fall 2022 school year. In addition, River Islands High School is now under construction, and its first phase, the Ninth Grade Academy, will also open in the fall.

If this sounds like a dream come true, we don’t want you to miss out on the opportunities that await you! The River Islands Academies are actively hiring teachers and staff for ALL of our schools. For more information, head over to

Plan 3 model home at Cardiff by Signature Homes

If you’re wondering what living in our family-centric, outdoor-friendly community is like, we’d love for you to come take a tour! Explore our neighborhoods now selling on our website and then schedule a visit to tour the models in person. Experience community living like never before with generously sized, quality crafted homes built by some of the most prestigious builders in Northern California.

Not only can you find a fabulous forever home for you and your loved ones, you can also enjoy exceptional amenities just a short walk or bike ride away from your front door. Enjoy dining at our very own restaurant, The Boathouse, take advantage of water activities, explore our parks, and so much more!

Start living and working at River Islands today! Contact our Welcome Center and schedule an in-person visit this week.

Want to know the best place to find fresh groceries while experiencing our beautiful River Islands community? Spend your day supporting local vendors and shopping at our weekly Farmers Market! Located at the River Islands Technology Academy parking lot, you can find a wide variety of fresh items like fruits, vegetables, breads, hummus, dried fruit, and more. The market is open from 8:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. every Saturday, from May 21st until November 26th.

The Farmers Market offers you the perfect opportunity to engage with the community and support small businesses. What better way is there to spend your Saturday than with a wide range of seasonal produce and your loved ones? You can learn more about the vendors who will be in attendance HERE. We can’t wait to see you there!

Want to spend the afternoon enjoying beautiful scenery at a picnic or participating in recreational activities? With all of the parks within the River Islands community, the possibilities of a fun and eventful day are ever-present! There are plenty of areas to host private events and spend time with your loved ones in Lathrop’s beautiful weather. However, it is important to note that all of the parks in the area are under the jurisdiction of the City of Lathrop, which means neighborhood parks are available to residents on a first-come, first-served basis.

Check out all of the parks you can find in the River Islands community, and start planning your next outdoor adventure!

Michael Vega Park

Michael Vega Park next to beautiful lake

Featuring plenty of open space to set up a picnic, and a play structure for the younger ones to enjoy, Michael Vega Park is perfect for a relaxing day out.

Sunset Point Park at The Boathouse

Sunset Point Park at The Boathouse Restaurant at River Islands in Lathrop, CA

Sunset Point Park is located on Lakeside Drive next to the Boathouse. It offers full-size bocce ball courts, sand volleyball courts, and horseshoe pits, making it the perfect space for a fun afternoon in the fresh air.

Tidewater Park

Tidewater Park at River Islands in Lathrop with a playground and basketball court

Tidewater Park is located on Lake Somerston in Lathrop. It features a wide variety of athletic amenities and open spaces for residents to enjoy beautiful lake views. A great place to meet up, invite your neighbors here for a friendly game of basketball on the full-sized courts, or climb with your kiddos on the playground jungle gyms.

Summer House Park

Summer House Park at River Islands in Lathrop with open fields and picnic table area

At Summer House Park, you will find meandering walking paths that lead you throughout the park. Here, logging daily steps is a breeze. There’s also plenty of wide-open grassy space for your furry family members to frolic, too.

Crystal Cove Park

Crystal Cove Park at River Islands in Lathrop with a baseball diamond, basketball court, and lakeside views

Are you looking to join in on a pick-up game? Crystal Cove Park features a full basketball court and a baseball diamond to enjoy with your friends and neighbors. You will also find small and large dog parks, and open field areas, where you can relish a day of family fun.

Somerston Park

Somerston Park at River Islands in Lathrop with lakeside views, walking path, and jungle gym for kids

Located on Emerson Street, Somerston Park is the perfect place to take a walk and enjoy the beauty of nature. Here, you will also find a jungle gym where the younger ones in your party can play. Its convenient location makes impromptu park play dates quick and simple.

Reflection Park

Reflection Park at River Islands in Lathrop with lakeside views, walking paths, basketball court, volleyball court, and open green space

Planning a field day? Reflection Park has all of the space you need to host your activities. This area offers basketball courts, a volleyball court, and lots of open space, where you can get a game of flag football going. You can also find several barbecue pits perfect for your next family cookout.

Pocket Park nearby Veranda by Van Daele Homes

pocket park at river islands

Our second pocket park is located nearby Veranda by Van Daele Homes! With more beautiful lakeside views to enjoy, you can stop by for some daily reflection or a peaceful break after a run on one of our many trails.

New Park Coming Soon

River Islands is adding a brand new 15-acre park to its community in the future! Residents will be able to enjoy picnic areas, a play structure for the younger ones, a shaded structure, and bathrooms. There will also be an assortment of baseball, softball, and T-ball fields to play some games with friends and family.

Make the most of your River Islands experience by planning your next visit to one of our beautiful parks. Visit our website to explore our neighborhood map, where you can see all that is available to do around this amazing community.

Dell’Osso Family Farm has an exciting new experience coming this spring: The First Annual U-Pick Cherries on the Farm! Did you know one of the major benefits of living in River Islands is the proximity to local farms and produce? The Dell’Osso Family Farm planted their cherry orchard five years ago, and thanks to all their hard work, they now have enough fruit to open to the public. The year’s cherry crop will be available to pick on Saturday, May 14th and Sunday, May 15th and then Friday-Sunday the following week until the cherries run out! If you want to make sure you can participate, we recommend visiting during the first weekend.

Bring your family to the farm and enjoy a day of picking the delicious Coral, Bing, Brooks, and Tulare varieties of cherries. Dell’Osso Farm will provide you with buckets for your haul and weigh them for you when you’re finished picking. In addition to picking cherries, the Dell’Osso Farm bakery will also have other cherry delights such as cherry turnovers, cobbler, donuts, popcorn, and more! No reservations are required, and there is plenty of free parking at the farm.

Don’t miss your chance to support local farms and enjoy the farm-to-table lifestyle only River Islands can provide!

Check out the farm and get more details about the Cherries on the Farm event!