Lakes Online » U.S. Lakes » California Lakes » Lake Berryessa      Login  |  Home

Waterproof Lake Maps and Fishing Maps
Lake Berryessa News

14 communities approaching water critical list

The Bulletin

Date: 10/1/2014 12:04:00 AM

Other communities that remain on the list include Lake Berryessa Resort in Napa, Woodside RV Park in Mendocino County and Lupin Lodge, a nudist resort in the Bay Area that is facing accusations of water theft. Burton, at the water board, said the state

Read More

Re-electing Thompson is an easy choice

Napa Valley Register

Date: 9/30/2014 3:59:00 PM

But Thompson still prizes bipartisanship, calling House Speaker John Boehner “a friend” and collegially approaching Republicans to win their support for common-sense, non-ideological legislation, such as transferring control of Lake Berryessa from the

Read More

Obama On Being The President: I Can Do Whatever I Want

Date: 9/30/2014 2:24:00 AM

The Monticello fire that ignited the hills around Lake Berryessa on Friday night is still burning strong, according to Cal Fire. French President Francois Hollande starts a visit to the United States on Monday with spats over U.S. eavesdropping and trade

Read More

Discover Solano Fall 2014: Suisun Valley through the seasons

Daily Republic

Date: 9/30/2014 1:26:00 AM

“There’s a chill out there,” Phuon says. So Phuon waits for the day when people head back to the valley to go to produce stands or pass through on the way to Lake Berryessa. She gets winter customers, especially when school is in session, just not in

Read More

Sports Capsule

Napa Valley Register

Date: 9/29/2014 6:48:00 PM

Envirosports’ 11th annual Tri, Girl, Tri All Women’s Sprint Triathlon will be held Oct. 4 at Lake Berryessa. It starts at Putah Canyon Recreation Area, 7600 Knoxville Rd. Resort gates will open at 7 a.m., and triathletes may check in from 7:30 to 8:45

Read More

5:17:56 PM
11/27/2014 - Thanksgiving
12/25/2014 - Christmas
1/1/2015 - New Year's Day
What's New!
Featured Business
116 Club House Dr
Cape Carteret, NC 28584
Add your business
Lake Berryessa Businesses
Boating / Waterfront
Professional Services

View Sponsor Details | View By Category | Add Your Business Here

• 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.
Lake Berryessa Restaurants
Nearby Lakes
43 miles
46 miles
62 miles
67 miles
70 miles
72 miles
74 miles
80 miles

Quick Links
Lake Berryessa News
Lake Berryessa Photos
Lake Berryessa Videos

About Us
Contact Us
Site Map
Search Site
Advertise With Us

Copyright 2014, Lakes Online
Privacy    |    Legal