"Rio Vista center of Delta Fishing and Boating" Rio Vista by atufft

Rio Vista Travel Guide: 7 reviews and 21 photos

Rio Vista is the largest delta region town

Located near the mouth of the Sacramento River, as it empties into the Carquinez Strait, Rio Vista is a small but significant community of boating and fishing enthusiasts. I typically drive through on the way between my folks home in Vacaville and my own in Stockton. I don't really mind when the draw bridge rises to allow ships through. Barges traveling between the Port of Oakland and Sacramento's Port travel past here. The river is deep and wide.

Stop at Foster's Big Horn

I'm not so crazy about the food, but I'll take in a bar drink and look around at the wonderful collection of animal trophies. I'm not a hunter, and today I wouldn't want anyone to be so enthusiastic as Foster, but this old collection of mostly African and North American mammals is a wonder to behold and see more than once.

Rio Vista's Huge Wind Turbines are Interesting...

West of town several miles, off Hwy 12, the Montezuma Hills region hosts a large collection of the newer large size and slow moving wind generators. Sheep graze below, as the big blades turn. There is little sound relative to those generators found in the Altamont Pass region on the other side of the Carquiz Straits. The Montezuma Hills though are a remote desolate region of rolling hills. The crossroad communities of Birds Landing and Collinsville no longer have anything to over the tourist, except one small bar (Bird Landing). By the way, the occasional tank and piping seen in scattered among the fields in the Rio Vista area are natural gas wells. The reserves are few but significant enough to tap.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Foster's Big Horn and easy access to the Delta water
  • Cons:It's a windy little town with little to do after dark
  • In a nutshell:Fishing competition, Foster's Big Horn, and boating...
  • Last visit to Rio Vista: Oct 2005
  • Intro Updated Oct 1, 2005
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  • Oct 27, 2006 at 9:24 PM

    I will like to take a visit to Rio Vista and go to the Foster's Big Horn and take a look at the 300 trophy animals that you mention in your things to do, and I think its amazing of how it is the one of the largest in the world.Eng41

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    Oct 19, 2005 at 10:51 AM

    Great bass fishing in the river around Rio Vista. Annual fishing competition too.

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