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Dinosaurs and Nuns who Putt

Date: 7/23/2014 2:02:00 PM

The Koplin family has built courses in in Alameda, Bakersfield, South Lake Tahoe, Lake Berryessa But Guerneville’s 36-hole Pee Wee Golf is where it all started. Tom and Vanessa Glover have been running Pee Wee for several years, maintain it well and

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Hikers: Be safe during fire season

Lake County Record Bee

Date: 7/22/2014 10:56:00 AM

With the fire season already well underway, and the recent incidences of the Monticello Fire near Lake Berryessa and the Butts Fire in Napa County, wildfire safety for hikers in the region is a topic that bears repeating. Eric "Bam Bam" Barnett builds and

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Thanks to sheriff's office for fine work

Napa Valley Register

Date: 7/15/2014 10:15:00 PM

We want to thank the Napa County Sheriff's Office and those who patrol Lake Berryessa for their great work. We especially thank Sheriff's Deputy Erik Fisher, who was so professional in informing us of the devastating news of the drowning accident of our

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Sheriff's boats stay busy patrolling Lake Berryessa

Napa Valley Register

Date: 7/12/2014 9:16:00 PM

LAKE BERRYESSA — Napa County Sheriff’s deputies Mark Warrington and Matt Macomber were about to moor their patrol boat at Lake Berryessa last week when they heard a report of a boat sinking with people on board near a resort. In no time, the deputies

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Grass fire burn 5 acres near Lake Berryessa

Napa Valley Register

Date: 7/12/2014 9:16:00 PM

A vegetation fire burned five acres Saturday afternoon off Highway 128 near Lake Berryessa before it was contained. The fire damaged a storage building and a pickup truck, according to CalFire. The blaze was reported at about 1:30 p.m. in 5600 block of

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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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