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Lake Berryessa

Boating, swimming, hiking and more in the Napa Valley

September 2020

Lake Berryessa public facilities remain closed due to the LNU Lightning Complex wildfires. The area sustained extensive damage and road access may be restricted while clean-up continues.


One of the largest bodies of fresh water in California, Lake Berryessa offers boating, water skiing, wake-boarding, tubing and other fast-paced water sports, plus quiet coves for kayaking, swimming and fishing. In the summer, the water can reach 75 degrees — the perfect cool-down after a hike or a stroll through sun-drenched vineyards.

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Once you get to Lake Berryessa...

Just a 45-minute drive through gorgeous countryside from Rutherford — it's well worth the trip there. Head to Pleasure Cove Marina, which offers boat launching, boat and jet ski rentals and boat gasoline. If you want to stay the night, they also offer houseboat and cabin rentals, as well as camping options.

Jet skiing at Lake Berryessa in Napa Valley, CA

A little Lake Berryessa history

Lake Berryessa is the largest lake in Napa County, California. This reservoir in the Vaca Mountains was formed following the construction of the Monticello Dam on Putah Creek in the 1950s. Since the early 1960s, this reservoir has provided water and hydroelectricity to the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area.


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