Not only wine vies for attention in Napa --- there’s another wonderful liquid. Lake Berryessa is a large body of water --- 23 miles long, 3 miles wide, and bordered by 165 miles of shoreline. Located fifteen miles east of Napa, Pleasure Cove Marina is on the southwestern shore of Lake Berryessa and offers up houseboat rentals. The deluxe Forever Resorts houseboats range in size from 59 ft. to 70 ft. and can accommodate up to 12. They come equipped with complete kitchen appliances, utensils, bedding, satellite TV, barbeque, in addition to private staterooms, 1 ½ - 2 bathrooms, and a sundeck with fly bridge and sun canopy.
Boat rentals, a retail store, a launch ramp and fuel are available at the marina. For those who prefer staying on land, the hills overlooking the lake are dotted with tent and RV sites. Also available are rustic log cabins rentals that can sleep up to 8 people which include a small refrigerator, microwave, and charcoal grill. For larger groups, the fully furnished log cabin with four bedrooms and three bathrooms accommodates up to 10. Its kitchen is equipped with all appliances, cookware, dishes and cutlery.
Appropriate descriptors of Lake Berryessa include ‘beautiful’ and ‘serene’ with grassy hills dotted by oak and manzanita that draw critters that walk and fly there --- wild turkeys, eagles, quail, songbirds, and deer so numerous and calm you can almost feed them by hand. A 2,000 acre wildlife area is maintained along the east side of the lake for birding and plant exploration.
The lake teems not only with fish, but with year-round recreation opportunities. Lake Berryessa reaches summertime water temperatures of up to 75 degrees, making it an ideal destination for water sports.