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Released On: September 10, 2013

Reclamation Announces Seasonal Recreation Area Closures and Seasonal Changes to Park Hours at Lake Berryessa

NAPA, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation, Central California Area Office, has scheduled a seasonal closure of the north side of Oak Shores Day Use Area and the two restrooms along the Smittle Creek Trail at Lake Berryessa from Oct. 15 through April 1, 2014. The south side of Oak Shores will continue to offer restroom facilities, picnic tables, barbeque grills, water access and a kayak/canoe hand launch. This seasonal closure allows Reclamation to perform necessary maintenance tasks and provides time for natural resource recovery. All other locations will remain open year-round.

Seasonal changes to park hours include the following for the Reclamation-operated Oak Shores Day Use Area, Smittle Creek Day Use Area and Eticuera Day Use Area:

  • Beginning Sept. 9, gates will close at 7 p.m. to reflect changes in daylight hours.
  • Effective Oct. 15 through Nov. 3, gates will close at 6 p.m.
  • From Nov 3, 2013, through March 8, 2014, gates will close at 5 p.m.

The Capell Cove Boat Launch Facility continues to be open from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Dufer Point Visitor Center is open Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 3 p.m.

For information regarding seasonal operations at concession-operated facilities, please visit the websites for Markley Cove at www.markleycoveresort.com, Pleasure Cove Marina, Steele Canyon Recreation Area and Spanish Flat Recreation Area at www.goberryessa.com, or Putah Canyon Recreation Area at www.royalelkparkmanagement.com.

For information on activities, directions, pet restrictions or other questions, please call the Dufer Point Visitor Center at 707-966-2111, ext. 113 or the Lake Berryessa Administration Office at 707-966-2111 or visit the Lake Berryessa website at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html.

The Lake Berryessa Administration Office will continue to be open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 5520 Knoxville Road, Napa CA 94558. Maps and information are available at the Administration Office as well as the Visitor Center.

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