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Napa Land Trust protects more Lake Berryessa land from development

Napa Valley Register

Date: 6/17/2018 2:00:00 PM

The Land Trust of Napa County and the state of California have preserved another 722 acres along east Lake Berryessa, bringing the total amount of protected land there by this partnership in two years to more than 6,700 acres. A conservation easement will

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Lake Berryessa hosts horseshoe tournament, barbecue dinner

The Reporter

Date: 6/12/2018 5:54:00 PM

The community is invited to a special event at Lake Berryessa. The first horseshoe tournament and barbecue starts at 5 p.m. for socializing, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Lake Berryessa Senior Center & Community Hall. Those you play

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Motorcyclist hospitalized after Sunday crash near Lake Berryessa

Napa Valley Register

Date: 6/11/2018 10:23:00 AM

A 38-year-old Benicia man was hospitalized after crashing his motorcycle Sunday afternoon on Berryessa Knoxville Road just south of the Lake County line. Michael Shanaghy was riding a 2012 Suzuki northbound at 1 p.m. when he lost control and hit the

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Dillon leads Perez in early returns for Napa County Board of Supervisors District 3 seat

Napa Valley Register

Date: 6/5/2018 9:11:00 PM

If Dillon’s lead holds, she will win a fifth four-year term representing District 3, which reaches from Calistoga to north Napa and east to Lake Berryessa. She was elected in 2002, ran unopposed in 2006, and fended off challenges from Jeff Parady and

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VG18: Lake Berryessa

Davis Enterprise

Date: 6/5/2018 10:03:00 AM

Nestled between Blue Ridge and Cedar Roughs, east of the Napa Valley, Lake Berryessa offers year-round recreation opportunities. Berryessa’s water reaches temperatures of up to 75 degrees in the summer, making it an ideal place for water sports

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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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