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Berryessa resort bid results to be announced in January

Napa Valley Register

Date: 11/23/2015 10:29:00 PM

Winners in the Lake Berryessa competition to revitalize resorts with new marinas, campgrounds, stores, restaurants and lodgings should be known in January. That’s when the Bureau of Reclamation expects to announce its picks to rebuild and operate up to

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Feds lay out plan for steelhead recovery in Napa

Napa Valley Register

Date: 11/20/2015 4:27:00 PM

Water releases from reservoirs to benefit fish are done elsewhere in the state, including at Lake Berryessa reservoir in eastern Napa County. Most of the water in Lake Berryessa goes to Solano County cities and farms. Strategic Lake Berryessa releases into

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Lakes Ralphine, Bon Tempe stocked with rainbow trout

Sonoma Index-Tribune

Date: 11/19/2015 9:36:00 PM

They also report good action on largemouth bass at Lake Berryessa. Other anglers are targeting salmon and kokanee. Lake Hennessy and Clear Lake are also producing action for some anglers. Fly-fishers will find low and clear water at Putah Creek and the

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TCAM finish 7th in open water small team division

Union Democrat

Date: 11/19/2015 2:14:00 AM

The swimmers raced at distances ranging from one mile to 10K in lakes and in the Pacific Ocean. The swim venues included Spring Lake, Lake Berryessa, Lake Del Valle, Santa Cruz, Donner Lake, Whiskeytown Lake and Keller Cove in the San Francisco Bay

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Collision in Napa County leaves one person dead

San Francisco Gate

Date: 11/15/2015 11:20:00 PM

The accident happened in a remote part of St. Helena, at Chiles Pope Valley and Pope Canyon roads, west of Lake Berryessa just before 3:30 p.m. Details of the crash and the identity of the victim were not immediately available. Jill Tucker is a San

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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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