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Bureau evaluating operating bids for Lake Berryessa's Markley Cove resort

Napa Valley Register

Date: 8/23/2016 4:14:00 PM

At least one prospective concessionaire -and maybe more - is bidding to operate Markley Cove resort at Lake Berryessa for the next 30 years, with the decision-making steps taking place behind-the-scenes. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is continuing its

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CHP: Motorcyclist airlifted from wreck by Lake Berryessa

Napa Valley Register

Date: 8/18/2016 7:38:00 PM

A motorcyclist was airlifted to a hospital after a crash on the 7500 block of Knoxville Road in Napa County on Thursday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol. The motorcyclist was taken via helicopter to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital with

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Arson suspect in Lake County’s Clayton fire served as firefighter on prison crew

Petaluma 360

Date: 8/17/2016 10:42:00 PM

Those fires, west of Lower Lake and a fire near Knoxville and Lake Berryessa in Napa County are considered possible arson fires. Cal Fire officials indicated Pashilk is not a suspect in the Rocky and Jerusalem fires, which respectively burned 69,438 acres

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Walt Ranch vineyard project in Napa contested by environmental group

Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Date: 8/17/2016 3:07:00 PM

The proposed ranch is located between the city of Napa and Lake Berryessa and is one of the most ambitious vineyard conversions on the North Coast. It is backed by Craig and Kathryn Hall, owners of the Hall and Walt wine labels. Kathryn Hall served as U.S

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City of Napa, Walt Ranch reach agreement on water quality

Napa Valley Register

Date: 8/17/2016 9:28:00 AM

“We are planting a vineyard in an agricultural zone, nothing more.” The 2,300-acre Walt Ranch is located in the mountains between the city of Napa and Lake Berryessa along Highway 121. Hall Brambletree Associates asked to create 356 acres of vineyards

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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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