I just left Station Rio Vista less than a year ago after serving there for three years. It was by far one of my favorite units that I have been to! Just like other people have commented, the base is really small. It is located in the small town of Rio Vista along the Delta. The Delta is a combination of rivers, sloughs and channels that was originally used by miners back in the 1840's. As mentioned, the area of responsibility (aor) covers over 1500 miles of waterways, which is enormous for one station to be responsible for!
There is family housing on base. There are eight family housing units available. When I left, only two of them were occupied. My family and I actually lived in one of the units for the majority of our tour. The housing is small, but the commute to work was great!
. However, housing is optional and there are several surrounding cities that offer more than Rio Vista can. Some of the common cities that crewmembers choose to live is Elk Grove, Fairfield, Vacaville, Brentwood and Antioch.
The main mission of Station Rio Vista is Search and Rescue and Law Enforcement. It is extremely busy during the summertime. It's well known for summer boating activity to include jet ski's, wakeboarding etc. During the winter, it slows down, but it the Delta still is occupied with recreational fisherman that like to catch their big fish! Sturgeon and striper are two major species of fish that are caught in the Delta.
When I left, the Station was on a port and starboard schedule. Which means, there are two sections that split the duty requirements. This schedule is very similar to what Firefighters do. Basically, you have two different work weeks, the long week and the short week. During the long week, you have duty on Monday and Tuesday, off Wednesday and Thursday, and then work Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The next week, the "short week", you are off Monday, Tuesday, work Wednesday Thursday, and then off Friday, Saturday and Sunday. However, this schedule might have changed...
I hope this helps. If you have anymore questions, just ask!