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Protect Berryessa Snow Mountain

Lake County Record Bee

Date: 2/26/2015 9:08:00 PM

The nearly one hundred miles stretching from Lake Berryessa to Snow Mountain in the Mendocino National Forest is a crown jewel of Northern California’s Inner Coast Range. Those of us who live here know well the tremendous value of the Berryessa Snow

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Protect Berryessa Snow Mountain

Lake County Record Bee

Date: 2/25/2015 10:28:00 PM

The nearly one hundred miles stretching from Lake Berryessa to Snow Mountain in the Mendocino National Forest is a crown jewel of Northern California’s Inner Coast Range. Those of us who live here know well the tremendous value of the Berryessa Snow

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Napa County seeking $1.57 million in state back payments

Napa Valley Register

Date: 2/22/2015 5:11:00 PM

Sacramento owes Napa about $60,633 annually for 21,297 acres of the Knoxville Wildlife Area. This area north of Lake Berryessa near the Yolo County line has vegetation that can tolerate the unusual serpentine soils found there. Finally, it owes Napa $1,179

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February rains help by Berryessa still far below capacity

Contra Costa Times

Date: 2/18/2015 8:44:00 PM

The Solano County Water Agency released its latest lake levels and rainfall totals for Lake Berryessa Wednesday. According to the report, Lake Berryessa's Surface Elevation as of Wednesday was 411.84 ft. (The top of the Glory Hole spillway is 439.96 ft

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February rains help by Berryessa still far below capacity

The Reoorter

Date: 2/18/2015 8:39:00 PM

The Solano County Water Agency released its latest lake levels and rainfall totals for Lake Berryessa Wednesday. According to the report, Lake Berryessa’s Surface Elevation as of Wednesday was 411.84 ft. (The top of the Glory Hole spillway is 439.96 ft

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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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