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Napa's big question: Will it rain this winter?

Napa Valley Register

Date: 10/19/2014 11:44:00 AM

Woodbury noted that the 4,300-acre Butts Canyon Fire took place in early July. The fire came close to more than 2,000 acres owned by the district west of Lake Berryessa. A fourth consecutive drought year would also further sap Lake Berryessa reservoir in

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Clear Lake winners net 4.2 pounds per bass

Napa Valley Register

Date: 10/16/2014 4:55:00 PM

Interesting that the average of these three numbers is 4.2 – same as the college score. (NO INDENT)Lake Berryessa … continues to fish well for bass. The old guys at the bait shop tell us that “lake turnover” usually happens around Halloween

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Meet The Man Behind Twisty The Clown On 'American Horror Story: Freak Show'

The Huffington Post

Date: 10/16/2014 10:39:00 AM

Yeah. After watching it, I was like, “This seems really familiar.” It certainly seems like a reference to “Zodiac” and the murder at Lake Berryessa. I didn’t realize how much until after. That was kind of the first scene I shot and I didn’t

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Student Drowns in Rafting Accident

Date: 10/15/2014 2:49:00 PM

The two rafters were discovered the same day at around 2:50 p.m. after their raft had hit a rough spot at a popular campsite near Lake Solano County Park and Monticello Dam that holds Lake Berryessa. Nakamaru’s friend whose name and medical condition are

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Fishing Line: Week of Oct. 13

TheSacramento Bee

Date: 10/15/2014 12:00:00 PM

The catfish bite has been a better option. LAKE BERRYESSA – Most of the bass were caught drop-shotting 6-inch green shiner colored Roboworms around the Big Island, Ranch House and through the Narrows where there is lots of bait. Head to the dam for

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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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