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Hollywood, redevelopment contribute to sports store’s success

Napa Valley Register

Date: 6/28/2016 11:27:00 AM

Fishing, on the other hand, goes on year-round, Hole said, with lots of nearby locations including the Napa River and Lake Berryessa. Sturgeon may be biting in the river while bass are all but leaping into the boat up at the lake. The store’s website

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Editorial: Take measures to help stave off a potential fire

The Reoorter

Date: 6/27/2016 5:56:00 PM

The Wragg Fire burned more than 8,000 acres between the Vacaville hills and Lake Berryessa last June. The dry, hot conditions have already hit the southern part of the state with major fires in the San Gabriel Mountains behind Los Angeles, and earlier in

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Sac County to enforce penalities on those caught with illegal fireworks

kcra.com

Date: 6/22/2016 10:26:00 PM

Two years ago, the Monticello Fire near Lake Berryessa forced hundreds of people to evacuate. Fire officials told KCRA 3 it was caused by fireworks used illegally or improperly. This year, tens of thousands of pounds of illegal fireworks have been

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Sac County to enforce penalities on those caught with illegal fireworks

kcra.com

Date: 6/22/2016 10:26:00 PM

Two years ago, the Monticello Fire near Lake Berryessa forced hundreds of people to evacuate. Fire officials told KCRA 3 it was caused by fireworks used illegally or improperly. This year, tens of thousands of pounds of illegal fireworks have been

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County interested in overseeing Berryessa resorts

Napa Valley Register

Date: 6/21/2016 5:02:00 PM

Napa County will explore whether it’s capable of providing the jolt needed to transform a struggling Lake Berryessa recreation scene. County supervisors on Tuesday expressed interest in having the county manage private resort concessionaires on the

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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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