Before bridges were built in the area, a car ferry operated between Antioch and Sherman Island; the ferry was run by the Lauritzen brothers. The need for their service ceased with the construction of a $2 million lift bridge that opened on January 1, 1926.
Fishing Pier Plans For Bridge — $90,000 Project
Antioch—The 49-year-old highway bridge adjacent to the new Antioch Bridge may be transformed into a 300-foot fishing pier under a plan being studied by the East Bay Regional Park District. A key element in the plan is a very tentative offer of $90,000 in state funding, enough to pay for the conversion, which would take place in five years.
Park district General Manager Richard Trudeau has warned the $90,000 estimate is in terms of 1976 dollars and the price-tag for construction of the pier could escalate by 1981. Trudeau reported that Chester Hart, executive officer of the state Fish and Game Department’s Wildlife Conservation Board “suggested that at some point in the future, he would consider recommending to his board that they accept responsibility for funding the development of the entire Antioch pier project.
The state paid for a similar conversion of the old San Mateo -Hayward bridge into a fishing pier. The project would include a parking lot, fish cleaning station, restrooms, and fencing. The pier would reach a water depth of 15 feet, with 300-foot frontage on the San Joaquin River.
—Oakland Tribune, August 20, 1976
Antioch/Oakley Regional Shoreline Pier Facts
Hours: Although the park is only open from 5 A.M. to 10 P.M., fishing is allowed 24 hours a day (so no overnight camping).
Facilities: Lights, benches and windbreaks are on the pier. Restrooms are near the foot of the pier as is a fish cleaning station. Nearby, near the foot of the pier, is a 4.5 acre meadow area which has 10 picnic tables and barbecues.
Handicapped Facilities: The surface of the pier is concrete, the railing is about 42 inches high, and the nearby restrooms are marked handicapped accessible. In addition, the picnic tables and barbecues are all located adjacent to paved trails and are situated on “wheelchair-friendly” pads.
How To Get There: Follow Highway 4 east until it turns into Highway 160; just before you get to the bridge take the Wilbur Avenue off ramp (it is the last exit before the bridge), then turn left on Bridgehead Road and follow it to the entrance to the Antioch/Oakley Regional Shoreline Park. The pier is the main feature of the park.
Management: East Bay Regional Park District.