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2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe


Date: 12/17/2017 12:39:00 AM

and wildly twisted roads surrounding California s gorgeous Napa Valley and Lake Berryessa, the two-door CTS remained absolutely glued to the rough pavement, even in places where the road literally broke apart as we pounded over it. Meanwhile, the powerful

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Napa Land Trust announces large Lake Berryessa ranch preservation

Napa Valley Register

Date: 12/15/2017 8:11:00 PM

Almost seven square miles of ranchland on the east side of Lake Berryessa should look and remain the same for future generations, no matter what pressures arise for ranchette development. Vintners Robin and Michelle Baggett of Alpha Omega winery in

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Nagaraja Becomes First Canadian, Indian to Swim Strait of Magellan


Date: 12/13/2017 12:57:00 AM

In May of 2003, Nagaraja completed his first open-water race — only a 1-miler — but quickly worked his way up a 2 mile swim in Northern California’s serene Lake Berryessa, then within another year had swum the English Channel. “I pick swims that

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Napa County Update

Napa Valley Register

Date: 12/11/2017 10:06:00 AM

Napa County and the Bureau of Reclamation will hold the next meeting of the Lake Berryessa Community Forum at 5:30, Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the Lake Berryessa Senior Center, 4380 Spanish Flat Loop Road. Forum meetings are designed to create another way to

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Recreational Property at Weiss Lake

Roger Griffeth

Date: 12/10/2017

Weiss Lake has a lot of property that touches the shoreline in Cherokee County. Are there restrictions on the use of this property? Who controls the land mass around the lake? When do you need a permit? All these questions are answered in my latest blog: "Weiss Lake Recreational Property"

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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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