Reclamation Announces Decision on Lake Berryessa Concession Contract

Media Contact: Louis Moore, 916-978-5100

For Release: December 07, 2012

NAPA, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional Director, Donald R. Glaser, has made the decision to terminate the concession contract with Pensus Lake Berryessa Properties, LLC.

“My decision was the result of a careful, deliberate process,” stated Mr. Glaser. “I reviewed all documents in the administrative record, including the concession contract, and visited each recreation area managed by Pensus prior to my decision. I understand the importance of this decision to local residents and businesses and to those who recreate at Lake Berryessa. Things have not gone as we expected or wanted them to, but we are moving forward with the goal of providing enjoyable recreation experiences for visitors to Lake Berryessa.”

Mr. Glaser will explain the basis for his decision at three public meetings where he will also introduce Lake Berryessa team members and discuss plans for recreation services at Lake Berryessa during the 2013 season, over the next five years and in the long-term. Further, he will present plans to create a forum to provide for public involvement regarding recreation and land use activities at Lake Berryessa and to promote effective communication, consideration of interests and the resolution of problems.

The public meetings will be held:

  • Monday, Dec. 10, 6-8 p.m., Berryessa Senior Center, 4380 Spanish Flat Loop Road, Napa, CA 94558
  • Tuesday, Dec. 11, 6-8 p.m., Napa Valley College, Little Theatre, 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, Napa,      CA 94558
  • Wednesday, Dec. 12, 6-8 p.m., Winters Public Safety Facility – Fire House Apparatus Bay, 700 Main Street, Winters, CA 95694


Lake Berryessa is managed by the Central California Area Office as part of the Solano Project. Please visit for additional information on Lake Berryessa.

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