Ferry Status and Update Line (510) 622-0120
For the latest operating information regarding the Real McCoy and the J-Mack, please call the Ryer Island Ferry Update Line at (510) 622-0120. The phone line is updated daily or as changes occur. You can also leave a message, and your call will be returned by Caltrans staff as soon as possible.
Caltrans operates two ferries in the Sacramento Delta Region, The Real McCoy II and the J-Mack. Both ferries operate 24/7 and are free of charge.
The Real McCoy
The Real McCoy II is classified as an extension of Highway 84. It provides service to Ryer Island residents and its visitors by crossing the Cache Slough to Rio Vista.
The Real McCoy II is 88-feet long by 38-feet wide. It is powered by a hydraulic propulsion system, with 360 degree propellers for steering. The hull’s capacity is 80,000 pounds, and can carry up to eight vehicles.
The Real McCoy II operates on the following schedule: crossings are scheduled every 20 minutes; on the hour, 20 minutes after the hour, and 40 minutes after the hour.
The J-Mack Ferry
The J-Mack Ferry crosses Steamboat Slough in the Sacramento Delta, connecting Grand Island to East Ryer Island; about a 400-foot three-minute ride. The vessel is classified as an extension of Highway 220.
The J-Mack currently operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Boat operators are on duty 24 hours a day to provide service to individual passengers and motorists crossing Steamboat Slough.
The J-Mack is a 92-foot long by 32-foot wide cable drawn ferry and can carry up to six vehicles.
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