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The Region has more than 60 recreation areas, including reservoirs, campgrounds, wildlife refuges, hiking trails and fish hatcheries.

The facilities provide a wide range of recreation opportunities such as boating, camping, picnicking, horseback riding, hiking, fishing, biking, rock climbing, sightseeing and viewing of wildlife.

Their locations range from areas near cities to rugged, remote sites. Some are managed by the Region; others by federal, state and local government partners, among them, the California Department of Parks and Recreation, the Nevada Division of State Parks, the California Department of Fish and Game, and the U.S. Forest Service.

The Region directly manages recreation in five areas: East Park Reservoir and Stony Gorge Reservoir (Northern California Area Office); Folsom-South Canal Recreation Trail, and Berryessa and New Melones reservoirs (Central California Area Office).

The Region’s other major recreational sites include:

The Region’s educational offerings include tours of Shasta Dam in Northern California. The tours include an elevator ride down inside the dam, where guides discuss the construction, history and purpose of the project; and a look at the powerplant, California’s largest hydroelectric generating station.

Educational offerings in Central California include the American River Water Education Center near Folsom Reservoir. The center’s mission is to increase the public’s knowledge of the American River watershed -- both the natural features and human interactions within the watershed.

Region facilities also provide interpretive activities such as those at New Melones Reservoir in the central Sierra Nevada foothills and Lake Berryessa in Napa County.

static image:  photo - boating on Folsom Lake, taken by Dan Holsapple static image:  photo - recreation at Beals Point static image:  photo - recreation at Beals Point
Visitors enjoy reservoir recreation opportunities across the Region
Lake Berryessa Recreation
static image:  photograph of regional director David Murillo
Markley Cove at Lake Berryessa

During 2013, the Mid-Pacific Region worked with the community around Lake Berryessa, in Napa County, northeast of the San Francisco Bay Area, to develop and implement a newly adopted plan for improving recreation services.

The Region held public meetings to explain its decision to cancel Reclamation’s concession contract with an existing corporation and to create a community forum to provide public involvement on recreation and land use at the lake.

Some of the community forum’s first actions were renaming some of the recreation areas. The new names are:

Lake Berryessa was visited by more than 500,000 people during 2012. Reclamation-managed facilities include a visitor center, water education center, a boat launch ramp at Capell Cove, a hand-launch ramp at Eticuera Day Use Area; and the Oak Shores and Smittle Creek day use areas for picnicking, fishing, swimming and hiking.

interactive image:  photo - Lake Berryessa, northeast of the San Francisco Bay Area, is a popular destination for recreation; click for larger photo

Lake Berryessa, northeast of the San Francisco Bay Area, is a popular destination for recreation

February 27, 2014