US Coast Guard Station Rio Vista
900 Beach Dr., Rio Vista, CA 94571
US Coast Guard Station Rio Vista is a boat station located on Beach Drive in Rio Vista, California. Station Rio Vista is part of Coast Guard District Eleven and Sector San Francisco.
The Eleventh Coast Guard District encompasses the states of California, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah, the coastal and offshore waters out over thousand miles and the offshore waters of Mexico and Central America down to South America. Coast Guard operational units are located throughout the state of California, with the District and Pacific Area headquarters located on Coast Guard Island in Alameda, California along the east side of San Francisco Bay.
The Coast Guard’s presence on the west coast dates back to 1848, when the Revenue Cutter LAWRENCE was dispatched to San Francisco to maintain maritime order during the chaotic days of the California Gold Rush. These resources carry out Search and Rescue, Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Marine Safety, and Aids to Navigation missions over 3.3 million square miles of water. In addition, over 3100 volunteer Coast Guard Auxiliary members assist in many Coast Guard mission areas, including Boating Safety and Search and Rescue.
Since September 11, 2001, the Coast Guard has assumed a dynamic role in protecting the District’s major ports, which include six Tier one ports: San Diego, Los Angeles, Long Beach, and San Francisco, Oakland, and Richmond. The Coast Guard’s presence in the District continues to expand, as more people, new equipment, and state of the art technology are employed to meet the needs of the United States as it enters the 21st century.
Arriving at US Coast Guard Station Rio Vista
The Bay area – divided into the North and South Bay – has three major Airports. The largest one – San Francisco International Airport SFO – is located on the South Bay on Highway 101 and I-380, San Bruno.
Oakland International Airport is straight across on the North Bay off I-880 and Hegenberger Road.
San Jose Mineta International SJC is at the east end of the Bay – off Highway 101 and 87.
Frequent South Bay flyers prefer San Jose’s Mineta Airport – the smallest of the three (but by no means small) – as getting to it and to the departure gate is less time-consuming.
Ninety miles to the south is the Monterey Peninsula Airport which serves the Central Coast of California and offers daily flights to San Francisco International.
The US Coast Guard Eleventh District now includes 43 units and employs over 2,400 active duty, reserve, and civilian employees