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EcoCamp Berryessa is an old Napa camp with new twist

Napa Valley Register

Date: 10/25/2016 4:31:00 PM

LAKE BERRYESSA — EcoCamp Berryessa has undergone a $1.7 million transformation and is ready for groups that want to spend time amid the oaks and madrones where northern Lake Berryessa backs up into Putah Creek. The former Boy Scout camp on 10 acres of

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Lake Berryessa to Participate in First Winters Salmon Festival

Press Release Point

Date: 10/20/2016 9:50:00 PM

WINTERS, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation will join the City of Winters, Solano County Water Agency, Putah Creek Council, Lower Putah Creek Coordinating Committee, Putah Creek Trout, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, local businesses, and

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NFL, family were two great loves for 49ers star Quillan

The Portland Tribune

Date: 10/20/2016 1:14:00 AM

Says Eric: “He was always giving. I took a road trip with some buddies one time and visited him. We hung out at Lake Berryessa in northern California. He had a place there and a boat, and did some water skiing and drank beer. He gave me some money to go

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Water agency announces lake level changes at Berryessa

The Reoorter

Date: 10/18/2016 2:43:00 PM

The Solano County Water Agency (SCWA) released its weekly lake levels and rainfall totals for Lake Berryessa with a slight increase from a weekend of rain. According to the SCWA, Lake Berryessa’s surface elevation is now at 398.6 feet. (The top of the

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Woman identified in fatal Lake Berryessa crash

Napa Valley Register

Date: 10/17/2016 9:25:00 AM

The California Highway Patrol identified the tourists who crashed their motorcycle Saturday afternoon on Berryessa Knoxville Road, killing the passenger. The motorcycle was driven by Lyn Farmer, 68, whose residence was listed as Miami Beach, the CHP said

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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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