Sunday, December 9, 2012 7:02 pm
Service on the J-Mack Ferry has been suspended because of emergency repairs to the underground cable that guides the ferry, according to the California Department of Transportation. The cable snapped due to heavy current, which caused storm debris.
Friday, November 2, 2012 12:00 am
The California Department of Transportation will suspend service of the J-Mack Ferry on Sunday morning to perform routine preventive maintenance. The J-Mack is scheduled to be closed from 6 a.m. to noon.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 8:47 am
Rio Vista is a breeze-washed town on the Sacramento River known for bass fishing, visits by a misguided whale, and a quirky bar-restaurant festooned with dozens of hunting trophies, including the head of an elephant.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 12:00 am
The Real McCoy II Ferry is now open for limited service. The California Department of Transportation us offering three round-trip crossings of the ferry per hour between Rio Vista and Ryer Island.
Thursday, February 23, 2012 12:00 am
The Delta: On the Sacramento River, sturgeon fishing has a good bite going around the Pump House and The Brothers & Sisters in San Pablo Bay, using shrimp baits and eel.
Thursday, January 19, 2012 12:00 am
The Delta: In the Sacramento River, sturgeon
fishing is tough right now, but the upcoming storms should change
things around. A couple of local fisherman caught sturgeon,
weighing 55 pounds, from the area of Roe and Ryer Island and a
47-pounder came in from Light 14. There were also two over-sized
fish caught in Cache Slough using eel and pile worms.
Thursday, January 12, 2012 12:00 am
The Delta: Sturgeon fishing on the Sacramento
River is picking up with anglers getting action in the areas of the
power lines, Light 1, Roe and Ryer Island to the Mothball Fleet,
using shrimp baits, roe and eel.
Thursday, December 8, 2011 12:00 am
The J-Mack Ferry, also known as the Steamboat Slough Ferry, will
be closed for routine maintenance from 11 p.m. Saturday until 7
Thursday, October 27, 2011 12:00 am
The Delta: A good number of salmon are still
being caught with reports of fish over 20 pounds. One of our bass
fisherman reported catching four salmon on the same day throwing
Lipless Crankbanks. One of the salmon was approximately 40
Paul Peretti directs cars as the pull onto the J-Mack ferry from Ryer Island to cross Steamboat Slough to Grand Island on Thursday.
Paul Peretti pushes on the throttle as the J-Mack Ferry leaves the launch on Thursday. The J-Mack Ferry transports vehicles across Steamboat Slough from Grand Island to Ryer Island and back 24 hours a day.
The J-Mack ferry nears the Ryer Island shore on Steamboat Slough on Thursday. The J-Mack makes the three-minute journey from Grand Island to Ryer Island approximately 200 times a day. (Dan Evans/News-Sentinel)
Paul Peretti takes the helm as the J-Mack Ferry crosses Steamboat Slough on Thursday. The J-Mack Ferry, which transports vehicles from Grand Island to Ryer Island, makes the three-minute trip approximately 200 times every 24 hours. (DAN EVANS/NEWS-SENTINEL)
Friday, July 30, 2010 12:00 am
A Caltrans worker greets a News-Sentinel reporter and
photographer on the J-Mack Ferry as it crosses a narrow slough from
Grand Island to Ryer Island.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 10:00 pm
Mel's Mocha is the kind of place you would expect to find on
Walnut Grove's River Road that sits just across the street from the
A pair of humpback whales swim along Ryer Island near Rio Vista on Monday. (Courtesy photo)
Tuesday, May 15, 2007 10:00 pm
RIO VISTA - Whale fans from as far north as Sacramento and
Woodland and as far south as Livermore came to the Rio Vista area
hoping to catch a glimpse of a mother whale and her baby.
Friday, January 20, 2006 10:00 pm
Last weekend, my wife and I took a meandering drive into the
Delta roadways, coursing around Sherman Island, Ryer Island, and
Jackson Slough, just to look at the waterfowl.
Monday, January 16, 2006 10:00 pm
SNUG HARBOR - As John Broughton hosed the mud from his driveway
earlier this month, his wife, Grace, said the recent flooding
hadn't dampened the couple's enthusiasm for living on an island in
the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
Wednesday, December 10, 2003 10:00 pm