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About Lake Berryessa

Non-interactive orange spacerLake Berryessa is the reservoir for the Solano Project which is owned by the Bureau of Reclamation and operated under a cooperative agreement by the Solano County Water Agency/Solano Irrigation District. The project provides flood control protection to the city of Winters and other downstream communities and high-quality water supply for irrigation and the cities of Vacaville, Suisun City, Vallejo, and Fairfield. 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 23 miles long, 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.

Interactive image, link to map of Lake BerryessaNon-interactive orange spacerNestled 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.

Non-interactive orange spacerLake Berryessa provides many opportunities to experience a variety of wildlife and plant exploration activities. 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.

Lake Berryessa Field Office and Visitor Center - Reclamation provides visitor services and information in their headquarters area near Oak Shores Day Use Park.
Field Office and Visitor Center
5520 Knoxville Road, Napa CA 94558
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Field Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Lake Berryessa Visitor Center Memorial Day to Labor Day, open Saturdays and Sundays 10a.m. to 5 p.m,
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and noon to 3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  Labor Day to Memorial Day open Saturdays and Sundays noon to 3 p.m


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Please contact us for additional information or assistance
May 21, 2013

Drew Lessard, Area Manager
Janet Denes, Administrative Officer