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Krispy Kreme opens its doors

The Reoorter

Date: 4/16/2014 7:49:00 PM

He slept through the night," Macachor said. "He had other kids to play with." Cheryl Silva and her niece, Destiny Johnston, both of the Lake Berryessa area, were tired but excited. "We were up before the fishermen," joked Silva. "I usually sleep until noon

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Eticuera Creek Stewardship Project field trip planned for April 26

Lake County News

Date: 4/16/2014 3:10:00 AM

Following presentations, a ridge hike will be offered. The Eticuera Creek watershed encompasses 34,000 acres at the north end of Lake Berryessa in the Putah Creek watershed and includes Knoxville Creek, Zim Zim Creek, Adams Creek and the Toll Canyon sub

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Police: Drug-carrying motorcyclist arrested after high-speed chase

Napa Valley Register

Date: 4/14/2014 3:39:00 PM

A 53-year-old Lake Berryessa resident reportedly led deputies on a high-speed chase along Steele Canyon Road after they tried to stop him for riding his motorcycle without a helmet. According to Napa County Sheriff’s Capt. Doug Pike, deputies patrolling

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Police: Drug-carrying motorcyclist arrested after high-speed chase

Napa Valley Register

Date: 4/14/2014 2:48:00 PM

A 53-year-old Lake Berryessa resident reportedly led deputies on a high-speed chase along Steele Canyon Road after they tried to stop him for riding his motorcycle without a helmet. According to Napa County Sheriff’s Capt. Doug Pike, deputies patrolling

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Bass bite looks good on Lake Berryessa

Napa Valley Register

Date: 4/11/2014 1:41:00 AM

Here’s Eric Freeman with what I call the “sweet spot” in fishing — great weights for two different targets. Look at the 7.2-pound largemouth bass and a 3.5-pound spotted bass. He fooled both of them in the south end on pumpkin Senkos

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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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