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Lake Level Update: 12/15/14

The elevation of the spillway (Glory Hole) at Monticello Dam is 440 feet msl. The water is now 34.90 feet below the top of the spillway at 405.10 feet. The lake has risen 3.8 feet in the last week.

Lake Berryessa has had a total rainfall of 10.21 inches since 7/1/14. - 3.98 inches in the last week.


A Quadcopter Trip to Check Out Low Water at Lake Berryessa, Dec 2014
14 Stops in 12 Minutes


If you want to see how low the water is at California's largest reservoirs, check out this great video that sums up the old question... Is the glass half full, or half empty?... in the case of the California water supply, less than 30% of capacity means neither. PLEASE LIKE & SHARE THIS VIDEO TO SPREAD THE WORD TO ALWAYS CONSERVE WATER.


Lake Berryessa Photos: Rainbows and Glory Holes

Quadcopter Shot from the Berryessa Highlands, December 4, 2014 by Evan Kilkus




Fridays – Saturdays – Sunday’s
December 6th through December 21st

Music & Wine Tasting from 12pm – 4pm Sunday, December 21st

Spanish Flat Village Center, 4318 Berryessa Knoxville Rd.

Handmade items, Jewelry, Napkins – Aprons, Cookies - Candies, Jams, Jellies & Relish’s etc.

Unique items from:
The Handmade Store
Spanish Flat Country Store
California Outdoor Properties
Berryessa Valley History Exhibit
Cucina Italiana Restaurant

For more information call 966-1600


Take Lake Berryessa Off The National Monument Map!

Lake Berryessa does not meet the basic standards of an NCA. And it especially doesn’t meet any criteria to become a National Monument. The Antiquities Act states that National Monuments should contain “historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, and other objects of historic or scientific interest” and be “the smallest area compatible with the proper care and management of the objects to be protected.” Lake Berryessa meets neither criteria and clearly falls into the “Rural Developed Setting” under the government’s own Water and Land Recreation Opportunity Spectrum Users' Handbook (WALROS) quoted below. This designation should immediately exclude it from National Monument or NCA consideration. Read full analysis here...


Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area/National Monument Controversy
Historical Analysis of the Issues - How We Got Here

This analysis was written two years ago, but is as valid now as then, especially in light of the subsequent controversial campaign to create a National Monument instead of the NCA. This history is important to an understanding of the political issues involved and potential practical impacts on the Lake Berryessa recreation, business, and residential communities.


Reclamation Announces Temporary Closure of Spanish Flat Recreation Area

The Bureau of Reclamation will temporarily close Spanish Flat Recreation Area at Lake Berryessa beginning Thursday, Jan 1, 2015.

Drought conditions and resulting low visitation have caused Spanish Flat Recreation Area to become economically unfeasible for the concessionaire to operate during the off-peak recreation season.

Visitors are encouraged to use the recreation areas at Lake Berryessa that typically remain open during the off-peak recreation season, including Putah Canyon Recreation Area, Steele Canyon Recreation Area, Pleasure Cove Marina, Markley Cove Resort, and Oak Shores and Smittle Creek Day Use Areas.

The Spanish Flat Recreation Area is scheduled to re-open on Friday, May 15, 2015, if drought conditions have substantially improved. For additional information on Spanish Flat Recreation Area services and schedules, please call the concessionaire, Pleasure Cove Marina, LLC, at 707-966- 9600 or visit their website at


Welcome to the Legendary Napa Valley!

Aerial Video by Evan Kilkus


Open Facilities

Markley Cove Resort, Pleasure Cove Marina, Steele Canyon Recreation Area, Spanish Flat Recreation Area and Putah Canyon Recreation Area continue to be open and offer a variety of recreation services. For information regarding operations and services offered at concession-operated facilities, 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,
For questions, please contact the Lake Berryessa Field Office at 707-966-2111 ext. 0.

Please visit the Lake Berryessa website at for additional information.


Carol Fitzpatrick has developed a great new web site 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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