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Almost Dead: Shattered in the Backcountry

Dirg Rag

Date: 8/16/2017 11:08:00 PM

A wonderful pullout with a view of Lake Berryessa to the south was a nice reward before we reached the helipad. We climbed a little more, reaching the flat spot. With 8.5 miles yet to go across Blue Ridge, we had completed half the loop. We ate lunch

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With wildlife and scenic views, Interior Department attracts large social media following

Washington Times

Date: 8/15/2017 7:21:00 PM

Two weeks ago, for example, the department tweeted photos of a sunset at Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park, kayakers at California’s Lake Berryessa and a sleeping bear at Alaska’s Katmai National Park and Preserve to mark “National Lazy Day

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Lake Berryessa fire under control

Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Date: 8/15/2017 5:58:00 PM

Firefighters have fully controlled a 114-acre fire near Lake Berryessa, the latest summertime grass fire to scorch a section of the region. The fire was 100 percent under control by Monday afternoon. Dubbed the Canyon fire by Cal Fire officials, it started

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Napa County Canyon Fire Nearly Contained


Date: 8/14/2017 10:29:00 AM

NAPA COUNTY, CA -- After a weekend of firefighting, Cal Fire officials said Monday morning the Canyon Fire in northern Napa County near Lake Berryessa was nearly contained. The wildfire, which broke out Friday afternoon at Highway 128 and Sage Canyon Road

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Lake Berryessa fire is reported fully extinguished

Napa Valley Register

Date: 8/14/2017 8:48:00 AM

The 114-acre fire that erupted near Lake Berryessa Friday afternoon, prompting a major firefighting response, was declared fully extinguished Monday afternoon, Cal Fire reported. The size of the fire, which rolled through steep terrain, hadn't changed

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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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