Lakes Online » U.S. Lakes » California Lakes » Lake Berryessa      Login  |  Home


Waterproof Lake Maps and Fishing Maps
Lake Berryessa News

16 Crazy Lies You Believed As A Kid

BuzzFeed

Date: 11/21/2014 4:22:00 PM

I really believed God was talking to me. My family laughs about it to this day. Growing up in San Francisco and going on camping trips to Lake Berryessa, my mother used to tell me that the Zodiac Killer was never caught, and that he may still be lurking

Read More

Federal agency seeks comments on Lake Berryessa resort plans

Napa Valley Register

Date: 11/20/2014 8:43:00 PM

People have another chance to express opinions on the federal government’s latest attempt to transform Lake Berryessa resorts. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is about to do an environmental report on its plans to renovate five of seven resorts along the

Read More

Federal agency seeks comments on Lake Berryessa resort plans

Napa Valley Register

Date: 11/20/2014 8:43:00 PM

People have another chance to express opinions on the federal government’s latest attempt to transform Lake Berryessa resorts. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is about to do an environmental report on its plans to renovate five of seven resorts along the

Read More

Walt Ranch opponents deliver petition

Napa Valley Register

Date: 11/19/2014 5:05:00 PM

Morrison attended the Planning Commission meeting. Walt Ranch is 2,300 acres west of Monticello Road between the city of Napa and Lake Berryessa. Craig Hall and his family want to create vineyards in blocks across the property. Hall also own Hall Wines in

Read More

Protect Berryessa and the lands around it

Napa Valley Register

Date: 11/18/2014 7:02:00 PM

I am happy to hear that the Napa County Board of Supervisors supports protecting the Berryessa Snow Mountain region as a national monument ("Supervisors endorse making Lake Berryessa a national monument," Nov. 7). Safeguarding this beautiful, scenic area

Read More

24
12:50:06 AM
UPCOMING EVENTS
11/27/2014 - Thanksgiving
12/25/2014 - Christmas
1/1/2015 - New Year's Day
What's New!
 
Favorites
 
Featured Business
Original oil paintings, limited prints , and comfort t-shirts
Visit the online gallery!, FL 
Add your business
Lake Berryessa Businesses
Advertisement
Boating / Waterfront
Shopping
Professional Services

View Sponsor Details | View By Category | Add Your Business Here



• 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.
Lake Berryessa Restaurants
Nearby Lakes
43 miles
46 miles
62 miles
67 miles
70 miles
72 miles
74 miles
80 miles

Quick Links
Lake Berryessa News
Lake Berryessa Photos
Lake Berryessa Videos

About Us
Contact Us
Site Map
Search Site
Advertise With Us
   
Berryessa.USLakes.info
THE LAKE BERRYESSA WEBSITE

Copyright 2014, Lakes Online
Privacy    |    Legal