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There must be a better way to do roadwork

Napa Valley Register

Date: 4/22/2018 7:29:00 PM

I live near Lake Berryessa Highlands and drive the impossible road almost every day into Napa. The work being done on Highway 121 may be necessary but now we are up to at least 25 minute waits going both ways. This is ridiculous and frustrating

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Traffic Delays Expected West Of Lake Berryessa Due To Triathlon

Date: 4/14/2018 9:47:00 AM

The HITS Triathlon is taking place today in Napa County west of Lake Berryessa, and motorists in the area should expect traffic delays, the Napa County Sheriff's Office said. According to the sheriff's office, the event also affects Pope Valley. The race

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Dispatcher Finds Injured Hiker On Facebook After 911 Call Cuts Out

CBS Sacramento

Date: 4/12/2018 5:00:00 AM

LAKE BERRYESSA (CBS13) — A hiker critically injured in a 150-foot fall was found after a 911 call was disconnected thanks to Facebook. The father and son were hiking on a remote trail when they had to call for help. The California Highway Patrol in

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Bass Reapers mark successful day of fishing for 37th Open Team Tournament

The Reporter

Date: 4/10/2018 6:41:00 PM

The Fairfield/Suisun Bass Reapers held their 37th annual Open Team Tournament on April 7 at Lake Berryessa out of Pleasure Cove Marina. They had 69 teams competing. Scott Green and Stuart Minugh won 1st Place with a five fish-limit weighing 19.98 pounds

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Press Release: Bass Reapers 2018 Open Tournament

Daily Republic

Date: 4/9/2018 10:49:00 PM

The Fairfield/Suisun Bass Reapers held their 37th annual Open Team Tournament at Lake Berryessa out of Pleasure Cove Marina Saturday April 7th. We had 69 teams competing with Scott Green and Stuart Minugh taking 1st Place with a five fish limit weighing 19

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• Surface Area: 17,000 Acres
Lake Berryessa is the largest lake in Napa County, California. This reservoir is formed by the Monticello Dam, which provides water and hydroelectricity to the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area.

The lake was named for the first European settlers in the Berryessa Valley, José Jesús and Sexto "Sisto" Berrelleza (a Basque surname, Anglicized to Berreyesa then later respelled Berryessa), who were granted Rancho Las Putas in 1843.

Prior to its inundation, the valley was an agricultural region, whose soils were considered among the finest in the country. The main town in the valley, Monticello, was abandoned in order to construct the reservoir. This abandonment was chronicled by the photographers Dorothea Lange and Pirkle Jones in their book Death of a Valley. Construction of Monticello Dam was begun in 1953,[3] completed in 1958, and the reservoir filled by 1963, creating what at the time was the second-largest reservoir in California after Shasta Lake. The Monticello Dam with Lake Berryessa, Putah Diversion Dam with Lake Solano, and associated water distribution systems and lands are known collectively as the Solano Project, which is distinct from other federal water projects in California such as the Central Valley Project.

The lake has been heavily used for recreational purposes and encompases over 20,000 acres when full. The reservoir is approximately 15.5 miles long, but only 3 miles wide. It has approximately 165 miles of shoreline. It has a seaplane landing area that is open to the public. One of the larger islands supported a small plane landing area, but was closed in the early 1970s after the FAA issued a safety report.

Near the dam on the southeast side of the reservoir is an open bell-mouth spillway, 72 feet in diameter, which is known as the Glory Hole. The diameter of the pipe then shrinks down to about 28 ft. The spillway has a maximum capacity of 48,000 cfs.

The lake was the site of one of the infamous Zodiac murders on September 27, 1969.
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