Lake Berryessa

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Lake Berryessa

California

(707) 966-2111

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Overview

Nestled between Blue Ridge and Cedar Roughs, east of the Napa Valley, Lake Berryessa offers year-round recreation opportunities. Berryessa's water reaches temperatures of up to 75 degrees in the summer, making it an ideal place for water sports. Anglers enjoy fishing for both cold and warm water species, such as rainbow trout, bass, catfish, crappie, and bluegill. The Bureau of Reclamation provides two large day use areas (Oak Shores and Smittle Creek), Capell Cove launch ramp, and many smaller dispersed day use areas. The seven resorts around the lake are managed by concessionaires under contract with Reclamation and provide camping, day use and boating facilities.

At capacity, Lake Berryessa stores 1.6 million acre feet of water and is one of the largest bodies of fresh water in California. The lake is 26 miles long by 3 miles wide, with 165 miles of shoreline. Reclamation and the California Department of Fish and Game jointly manage a 2,000 acre wildlife area along the east side of the lake. The Monticello Dam area at the southeast corner of the lake is one of the best local birding areas. The best time to visit for the best birding opportunities is in the early spring and late fall during migration and nesting seasons. The grassy hills dotted with oak and manzanita provide excellent opportunities to view eagles, hawks, songbirds, wild turkeys, and deer. Shoreline viewing opportunities may include Canada geese, pelicans, great blue herons, western grebes, wood ducks, snow geese, and common loons.

Map of Lake Berryessa

Latitude, Longitude: 38.596953, -122.247538

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boating is allowed on the lake but please check with the visitor center weather motorized or non motorized is allowed.

  • Bicycling

    Please contact park services for more information.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Please contact park services for more information.

  • Camping

    Camping and RVing is available, Please contact park for availability and restrictions.

  • Fishing

    Anglers enjoy fishing for both cold and warm water species, such as rainbow trout, bass, catfish, crappie, and bluegill.

  • Hiking

    The Bureau of Reclamation provides two large day use areas (Oak Shores and Smittle Creek), Capell Cove launch ramp, and many smaller dispersed day use areas.

  • Hunting

    Please contact park services for more information.

  • Picnicking

    The Bureau of Reclamation provides two large day use areas (Oak Shores and Smittle Creek), Capell Cove launch ramp, and many smaller dispersed day use areas.

  • RVing

    RV campsites are available, please contact the visitor center for more information.

  • Water Sports

    Lake Berryessa offers year-round recreation opportunities. Berryessa's water reaches temperatures of up to 75 degrees in the summer, making it an ideal place for water sports.

  • Winter Sports

    The lake is a popular winter sports destination.

Directions

Driving

Lake Berryessa is located 70 miles northeast of San Francisco and 40 miles west of Sacramento. Nearest towns are Napa to the southwest or Winters to the east. Nearest highways are state highways 121 and 128.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(707) 966-2111

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