Reclamation Announces Summer 2017 Park Events and Park Ranger Interpretive Programs at Lake Berryessa

Media Contact: Russell Grimes, 916-978-5100, 03/29/2017 16:58

For Release: March 29, 2017

NAPA, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation’s Central California Area Office announces summer 2017 park events and park ranger interpretive programs at Lake Berryessa in Napa County. All activities will be held rain or shine and are free of charge. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and weather appropriate clothing. Water and sunscreen are also recommended. Children are welcome, but those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Dufer Point Visitor Center Open

Through September 11: Weekends and holidays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Weekdays 12-3 p.m.

Stop in with your questions or to view the Wild about Wetlands exhibit on loan through September from the Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Brochures, maps, trail guides and other educational information are available free of charge. Contact the park rangers at 707-966-2111 ext. 113 for information about park events, hikes, kayak tours and educational programs.

Meet a Park Ranger at Monticello Dam!

Saturdays and Sundays 12-2 p.m., May 1 through Labor Day

Monticello Dam Overlook Parking (Highway 128, 9 miles west of Winters)

Ever wonder why Lake Berryessa was created? Or how much water it holds? Or what was there before the lake? Or where the water goes? Get the answers to these questions and more when you meet a park ranger at the Monticello Dam every Saturday and Sunday throughout the summer. Stop by any time between 12 and 2 p.m. to learn fun facts about this essential water resource.

C.A.S.T. For Kids

Saturday, May 6, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Oak Shores Day Use Area

Lake Berryessa employees, in partnership with the C.A.S.T. (Catch a Special Thrill) for Kids Foundation, will host a C.A.S.T. for Kids fishing event for disabled and disadvantaged children on May 6. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lake Berryessa’s Oak Shores Day Use Area. Each child will receive a fishing pole, tackle box, T-shirt, and spend the morning fishing with local anglers and volunteers. A free lunch will be served to participants, parents and volunteers in the afternoon. Registration is required to participate in this event. Reclamation is also seeking boaters and anglers who wish to volunteer their time and use of their boat, as well as volunteers for shoreline support. For more information, please contact the Lake Berryessa Ranger office at 707-966-2111 ext. 113 or register at http://castforkids.org/event/lakeberryessa/ .

World Environment Day

Sunday, June 4, Registration starts at 9:30 a.m., Group Clean Up from 10 a.m. - Noon

Meet near Markley Cove Resort, past Monticello Dam

Join Reclamation park rangers and the Lake Berryessa Watershed Partnership for a fun lakeshore clean up event. Volunteers will help clean up trash and debris along trails and shorelines at the south end of the lake. This is a great opportunity to earn volunteer hours while spending the afternoon in a beautiful outdoor setting! Please wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots and bring work gloves, a hat and sunscreen. Don’t miss out on the free taco lunch and be sure to register by May 22 to receive a free World Environment Day shirt. To register contact marianne.butler@solanorcd.org or 707-678-1655 ext. 114.

If you would like to participate in a program and need accommodation, please contact the Lake Berryessa Park Ranger Department at 707-966-2111 ext. 113 at least 14 days in advance.

Please visit the Lake Berryessa website at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html for additional information.

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