Lake Berryessa


Waterproof Lake Maps and Fishing Maps
Lake Berryessa News

Snell Fire now 100 percent contained, burns 2,490 acres


Date: 9/16/2018 10:58:00 AM

NAPA COUNTY, Calif. (BCN) - The Snell Fire, which since Sept. 8 has burned almost 2,500 acres between Middletown and Lake Berryessa in Napa County, is now considered 100 percent contained, Cal Fire of

Read More

Volunteers swarm Solano County waterways to clear debris

Daily Republic

Date: 9/16/2018 7:44:00 AM

The goal was to clean up the area’s watersheds and waterways, emptying them of trash from as far away as Lake Berryessa to the creeks in Fairfield, Suisun City and Vacaville for California Coastal Cle

Read More

Snell Fire in Napa County fully contained as Ranch Fire nears full containment


Date: 9/16/2018 1:19:00 AM

Sept. 16--The week-old Snell Fire, northwest of Lake Berryessa in Napa County, is fully contained, Cal Fire said Saturday night. The fire burned a total of 2,490 acres since starting near Berryessa Es

Read More

2,500-Acre Snell Fire 100 Percent Contained

CBS San Francisco Bay Area

Date: 9/16/2018 12:14:00 AM

MIDDLETOWN (CBS SF) — The Snell Fire, which since Sept. 8 has burned almost 2,500 acres between Middletown and Lake Berryessa in Napa County, is now considered 100 percent contained, Cal Fire

Read More

Snell Fire 100 percent contained near Lake Berryessa in Napa County


Date: 9/15/2018 8:40:00 PM

A vegetation fire that has been blazing for a week northwest of Lake Berryessa in Napa County is now 100 percent contained, fire officials announced Saturday night. The Snell Fire burned 2,490 acres a

Read More

1:11:30 AM
11/22/2018 - Thanksgiving
12/25/2018 - Christmas
1/1/2019 - New Year's Day
What's New!
Featured Business
PO Box 159
Alexander City, AL 35011
Add your business
Lake Berryessa Businesses
Boating / Waterfront
Tourism / Recreation
Professional Services

View Sponsor Details | View By Category | Add Your Business Here

• 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.
Lake Berryessa Restaurants
Nearby Lakes
43 miles
46 miles
56 miles
62 miles
67 miles
69 miles
70 miles
71 miles

Quick Links
Lake Berryessa News
Lake Berryessa Photos
Lake Berryessa Videos

About Us
Contact Us
Site Map
Search Site
Advertise With Us

Copyright 2018, Lakes Online
Privacy    |    Legal