Lake Berryessa Interpretive Activities, Summer 2005

Media Contact: Jeffrey S. McCracken, 916-978-5100

For Release: June 30, 2005

The Bureau of Reclamation announces the opening of the Water Education Station (Station) at Oak Shores Day Use Area on July 2, 2005 . The Station will be free and open to the public on summer weekends and holidays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is a half mile from the Lake Berryessa Field Office on Knoxville Road . The Station offers fun exhibits and visitor activities related to water safety and water conservation, and information about local activities and events.

Visitor Center

The Visitor Center , next door to the Lake Berryessa Field Office 5520, Knoxville Road , is open daily in the summer from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. , with Rangers available to answer questions about lake wildlife, plants, and activities. The Rangers are introducing a new Jr. Ranger Program for kids that includes an activity book to earn a Jr. Ranger badge. The badge can be picked up at either the Visitor Center or the Station.

Visitor Programs

Park Rangers will host a variety of free programs and activities on summer weekends from 1-3 p.m. around Oak Shores Day Use Area for kids of all ages.

Keep Our Waterways Oil Free

Come meet "Bilgee" on Sunday, July 3, 2005 , from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Bilgee is the mascot for a water protection program at Lake Berryessa. Bilgee will be escorted around the lake at resort launch ramps by Reclamation Staff. Reclamation and Napa County are promoting the Recycling/Bilge Pad Exchange/Boater Program. Bilgee's motto is "Keep Our Waterways Oil Free," and he helps boaters accomplish this by providing free bilge pads, which absorb oil and gas leaked into boat bilges from engines. All lake resorts collect the pads and will provide new ones free at the gas docks. This is only one of the ways boaters can help protect Lake Berryessa drinking water from pollutants.

Please call the Visitor Center at 707-966-2111, ext. 113, for more information about specific events.

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