Interesting Past Stories

The Lake Berryessa Watershed

Bird Goes Over the Glory Hole Waterfall Without A Barrel

Glory Hole: Awesome, Frightening, But Dangerous?

February 2019: 2nd Anniversary of Glory Hole Spilling

The Great Berryessa Oil Rush(es): 1900 and 1920

Comprehensive Berryessa History (Vacaville Reporter 2007)

Pensus Lake Berryessa RFP Bid 2007 (Redacted)

What’s Under Lake Berryessa?

Discussion of Lake Berryessa water levels often raises the question of what is down at the bottom. The Town of Monticello and thousands of acres of prime farmland were destroyed by the lake.

The buildings were all demolished or burned down. Nothing taller than the building foundations were left. Some houses were moved up to the Spanish Flat Village area. The bodies in the cemetery were dug up and moved to the Monticello Cemetery next to the Senior Center on Spanish Flat Loop Road. Some of the foundations came out of the water during the drought in 1991. See the news video here:

The Great Lake Berryessa (Atlas) Fire of 2017

Atlas Fire Timeline From The Berryessa Highlands

Circle Oaks Fire - The Great Escape

Lake Berryessa 1971: Controversy Begins (Oakland Tribune)

Milestone Achieved! A Positive Report on the Potential Future Rebirth of Lake Berryessa

Floating Native American Casino Coming to Lake Berryessa

Bureau of Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Assessment 

For Lake Berryessa Recreation Areas Development: Reverses Previous Catch-22 Process.

My First Fishing Trip on Lake Berryessa

The Destruction of Steele Park Resort

Analysis of the Creation of the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument - the Dumbest National Monument in the United States

Lake Berryessa History: The Summer of Love (1967) versus The Summers of Chaos (1998-1999) 

Lake Berryessa 1998 Rap Concert

The Lake Berryessa Bowl 1968

The Lake Berryessa Bowl 1968 (downoad pdf)

Berryessa Bowl Grand Opening (photo)

Rattlesnakes: Friend or Enemy – or just a primal fear?

SNAFU, FUBAR and BOHICA: Deciphering Lake Berryessa’s Ancient Rock Sculpture of Steele Park                       © Peter Kilkus 2020