Lake Berryessa Facts
Written By: Dan Bacher, September 7, 2012
Location: Berryessa Reservoir,
Monticello Dam Facts: the dam is 304 feet tall, 90 feet wide at the base, and 12 feet wide at the crest. The dam spans 1,023 feet across the canyon (Devil’s Gate).
Lake Facts: the reservoir is 23 miles long at longest point, 3 miles wide at widest point, 165 miles of shoreline. The storage capacity is1.6 million acre-feet of water
History: Under the waters of Lake Berryessa lie ghost roads that once led to ranchers, farmers, miners, Native Americans, and Mexicans. The earliest dwellers of the Berryessa Valley were the Miwok and Patwin Indian tribes who lived on the valley floor along Putah Creek and its tributaries. In 1947 Solano County in cooperation with the Bureau of Reclamation formed the Solano Project in order to provide water to Solano County and surrounding irrigable lands.
The Solano Project :The Secretary of the Interior authorized the Solano Project on November 11, 1948, under the terms of the Reclamation Project Act of 1939. Construction of the project began in 1953. Monticello Dam and the Putah Diversion Dam were completed in 1957 and the Putah South Canal was completed early in 1959. The Monticello Dam, the Putah Diversion Dam, the Putah South Canal, and the Green Valley Conduit and distribution systems are owned by the Bureau of Reclamation and through an agreement operated and maintained by the Solano Irrigation District under contract with the Solano County Flood Control and Water Conservation District.
Public Day Use Areas: The Bureau operates, Oak Shores, Smittle Creek, and Capell Cove Boat Launch. The day use areas offer a spectacular view of the lake with picnic tables, barbeque grills, hiking trails, off-shore fishing, beach related activities and shade.
Markley Cove Marina 707-966-2134
Pleasure Cove Marina: 707-966-9600
Pensus LPP 707-966-9088: Chaparrel Cove, Blue Oak, Manzanita Canyon Foothill Pines, Foothill Shores.
For more information, go to: http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html
California Inland Fisheries Foundation, Inc. (CIFFI): Phone: 209-810-9603, http://www.ciffi.org
Fishing Guide Services: Trout and salmon trips are available with Rich Crispi of TW Guide Service, 415-259-7071, twfishingguideservice.com. Bass fishing adventures are available with Larry Hemphill,Fishing Guide & Instructor, (530) 674-0276, http://lunkerlarry.com, and Don Paganelli of (916) 502-3474, http://www.guidebass.com.Back To Reports