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Lake Level Update: 11/23/15 

The elevation of the spillway (Glory Hole) at Monticello Dam is 440 feet msl. The water is now 43.88 feet below the top of the spillway at 396.12 feet - down 1.80 inches since last week. This date last year the lake was at 400.67 feet. Total rainfall since July 1 stands at 2.96 inches.

Although this article focuses on Southern California, it is relevant to our Lake Berryessa situation too. If you were here during the 97-98 El Nino you know how fast Lake Berryessa can rise!


Napa Valley Life Names Turtle Rock’s Pete Leung as “Intriguing Restauranteur” In Its 14th Annual Intriguing Napa Valley Residents Issue

Vintage Postcards of Lake Berryessa (including an actual Spanish Flat Resort postcard of a young slalom skier named Wes Plunkett autographed by the present more mature Wes Plunkett himself.

Get your piece of Lake Berryessa History ..For sale on Ebay or if you are in the Lake Berryessa area, buy it at Spanish Flat Country Store - Turtle Rock - Steele Canyon Saloon. ALL PROCEEDS From this Calendar go to the Berryessa Senior Center.


This Holiday Season the Community Church is once again assisting in several community outreach efforts:

1. A number of low income families need assistance with Christmas gifts this year for children.They have applied through the Napa County Holiday Assistance Program with the Community Church and have been verified as needing help. If you would like to adopt a family to help with Christmas gifts please call the church at 252-4488. Gifts will be distributed on December 19th a Saturday so shopping needs to be done before that date.

2. We have distributed our donation bins for Operation With Love From Home once again at Turtle Rock, Steel Canyon Brewery, The Community Church and Spanish Flat Country Store. This is an effort to collect items to send to our troops deployed away from the States during Christmas. The program will be packaging 1,200 care packages to send before Christmas. Our assembly say is on December 5th and volunteers are needed. Donations bins will be out until the 4th of December and needed items are on a flyer attached to the bins. If you have a soldier’s address a package can be sent directly to them. Any questions on donations or volunteering call the Community Church at 252-4488.

Have a happy Holiday Season 
God Bless
Pastor Bob


Spanish Flat Village Center Christmas Sale

Dec 12 at 10:00am to Dec 13 at 3:00pm

4318 Berryessa Knoxville Rd.

Join the fun at Spanish Flat Village Center..... Make your own Christmas Wreath - shop with local Artists - Lots of handmade items - Jewelry - Home Made Jellies - Foods Wreath Making donations will benefit the Monticello Berryessa Valley Museum. Come join us and make a wonderful outing for your family.


Remembering Clint Pridmore

The Capell Valley and Lake Berryessa communities lost a very special person recently. I first met Clint 10 years ago when I started writing the Lake Berryessa News. He gave me advice on buying my first shotgun and kindly showed me his amazing firearms collection. 

His official obituary in the Napa Register is at this link:

Below is a story I wrote about Clint back in 2005. It's the actual page from the Lake Berryessa News, Oct. 6, 2005 print edition. Click on the image for a larger, more readable version.


Memorial Celebration for Walter "Curly" Craddock

Walter "Curly" Craddock was long-time Lake Berryessa resident and Berryessa Senior Center member. He led a very adventurous life in the Merchant Marines during World War II and sailed the world. Sharing stories with him was a joy. Our sympathy to his wife, Georgia, and their family.


More Than $30,000 in Grants for Wildfire Prevention Awarded to Berryessa Estates,
Berryessa Highlands, Circle Oaks, and Wooden Valley Neighborhoods

Recently the Napa Communities Firewise Foundation approved grant requests from several rural Napa County communities, including 4 neighborhoods in Eastern Napa County.  The money will be used to remove overgrown and hazardous brush within and around the perimeter of the neighborhoods.  Check out the map below showing the planned project areas in the Berryessa Highlands area, and stay tuned to future LB News e-mails for more details on work planned for each neighborhood.  For info on how to make your own home more firesafe, visit


Lake Berryessa Recreation Opportunities

Reclamation-Operated Facilities: The Capell Cove Boat Launch, Dufer Point Visitor Center, expansive Oak Shores Day Use Area, Smittle Creek Trail and several other day use areas around the lake are all open for the summer recreation season. Come fish for bluegill, bass, trout and salmon. Barbecue with family or friends at one of the many picnic areas. Walk the many miles of beach, or hike the Smittle Creek Trail.

Concession Operations in addition to Spanish Flat, Markley Cove Resort, Pleasure Cove Marina, Steele Canyon Recreation Area and Putah Canyon Recreation Area are open and offer a variety of recreation services, including camping, boat rentals, cabin rentals, boat launching and more. For specific information, please call the concession operators or visit their websites:

Markley Cove: 707-966-2134,

Pleasure Cove Marina: 707-966-9600,

Steele Canyon Recreation Area: 707-966-9179,

Putah Canyon Recreation Area: 707-966-9051,

Spanish Flat Recreation Area: 707-966-0200

Other Recreation There are many other recreation opportunities at and around Lake Berryessa. For questions, please contact the Lake Berryessa Field Office at 707-966-2111 ext. 0 or visit the lake’s website for directions, hours of operation and other information at


The Lake Berryessa Chamber of Commerce has released its 2015 Directory

Click here for the online version...


Download a copy here or pick one up at a local Lake Berryessa business.

Click here to download a Directory (23 MB)

Click here to download a Chamber membership application.


Carol Fitzpatrick has developed a great new Facebook for the Berryessa Valley History Exhibit at the Spanish Flat Village Center with some interesting photos and personal stories about the Berryessa Valley and Town of Monticello before the Monticello Dam was built in 1958.


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Peter Kilkus, Owner/Editor
1515 Headlands Drive
Napa, CA 94558, 415-307-6906

Last Update on November 24, 2015

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