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County weighing managing Lake Berryessa resorts

Napa Valley Register

Date: 5/28/2016 2:07:00 PM

Napa County is trying to figure out whether it might be the potential solution to the Lake Berryessa resort redevelopment problem. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has tried for eight years unsuccessfully to renovate five of the reservoir’s seven resorts

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Assembly candidates face off at Dixon City Hall

The Reoorter

Date: 5/27/2016 6:34:00 PM

He added that he wished his forebearers in Davis would have invested in Lake Berryessa like Solano did. Aguiar-Curry said she supports the Sites Reservoir, a large offstream reservoir north of the Delta. Saylor also supported Sites, groundwater recharge

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ICON A5 aims to revolutionize flying: We test it

Auto Week

Date: 5/27/2016 6:49:00 AM

Since the A5 is amphibious, meaning it can land on water as well as land, we were shuttled out to the middle of Lake Berryessa in Northern California near the Napa Valley to have a flight. There were three A5s beached on an island in the lake and we were

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Bill Lynch: Halibut, stripers, salmon and more

Sonoma Index-Tribune

Date: 5/26/2016 6:02:00 PM

Lake Berryessa and Clear Lake fishing has been only fair due to winds and generally cooler conditions. Trout fishing on the Truckee and Yuba Rivers is fair, while on the upper Sacramento, McCloud and other streams around Mt. Shasta has been steadily

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Lake Berryessa Chamber: Fire the feds

Times-Herald

Date: 5/24/2016 4:14:00 PM

An open letter to U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson: The Board of Directors of the Lake Berryessa Chamber of Commerce urges you to facilitate the transfer of ownership and management of the land area surrounding Lake Berryessa from the Bureau of Reclamation to Napa

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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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