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Section needs a re-write, and put in chronological order; you have gold discovery after the dam was built, etc. And the grammar/English is bad ... "Monticello ranchers were terminated" ... by whom. (or actually, what, a T-1000?) "causes an influx" (?); use caused! etc, etc (talk) 05:40, 22 December 2016 (UTC)


The "fist filled to design capacity in 1996" as currently stated is inaccurate. The spillway has operated numerous times before this (in particular the winter of 1983, when the lake reached a level of over 1.7 million acre feet - very nearly overtopping the dam). Looking at the records on the California Department of Water Resources website, it would appear that the first time the spillway operated (the lake was filled to design capacity of 1.602 million acre feet) was in 1963.


To whoever said that parts of the lake were in Yolo County- not true, as far as I know. It all lies within Napa County.

  • The above is correct. The original reference (which was mine) was incorrect. Putah Creek is the Solano / Yolo border, but the lake itself is entirely in Napa County. I've fixed the article. MCalamari 18:02, 29 March 2007 (UTC)

RE: Image:Bare footing.JPG[edit]

Water Skiing is a common activity that takes place on lakes and other large bodies of water. The photo does not provide noteworthy information to the article. Please see other lake related articles to compare: Lake Tahoe, Great Salt Lake, Utah Lake, Lake Almanor, Shasta Lake.     Gh5046 23:58, 14 September 2007 (UTC)

And, just to add, that is a good photo. I added it to the Water skiing article. Gh5046 00:08, 15 September 2007 (UTC)

Class: start[edit]

Reclassified as "start" since it is much more than a stub. Stepheng3 (talk) 23:13, 23 January 2008 (UTC)

Drain behind dam[edit]

Anybody see this photo?

I asked someone who went to the reservoir years ago, they said it's real. If it is, it seems fit to be included in the article. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:30, 6 March 2010 (UTC)

We can include it, but only if the person who owns the rights to the photo (probably the photographer) is willing to release it under Creative Commons or into the public domain. The first step might be to see if you can contact the photographer by e-mail. --Stepheng3 (talk) 21:45, 6 March 2010 (UTC)

Adding to Lake Berryessa[edit]

Hello Wikipedians, I am planning to edit this page on Lake Berryessa for my Wikipedia assignment at Sac State. A rough outline of some of the things I plan to edit:

Hydrology- other tributaries, flood control, water cleaning events Lake Berryessa supplies water to Vacaville, Suisun City, Vallejo, and Fairfield as well as Travis Air Force Base located south of Lake Berryessa has its water supplied by Berryessa. - Lake Berryessa does help to manage for flooding in the Yolo county, it is estimated that for the first forty years, over five million dollars were saved from would been flood damage.

Recreation- marinas, camping opportunities, fishing, Knoxville Wildlife, Land Management Fishing at Lake Berryessa can be successful year-round. There are tournaments scheduled throughout nine of the twelve months out of the year for Bass Largemouth Bass and Smallmouth Bass were both introduced into the lake in the late 1950s and Spotted Bass followed in the 1980s. – Personal Contact Hunting on Lake Berryessa is not permitted in lands that are managed by the Bureau of Reclamation. Firearm is however allowed on these lands under specific criteria; possession of a Carry Conceal Weapon (CCW) certificate or if the firearm is disassembled, disarmed and you have a valid California Hunting License and a Permit to Transport Firearm. The Permit to Transport Firearm does not allow for possession of firearm while recreating in Bureau of Recreation lands. Hunting can be possible on lands managed by other agencies next to Reclamation lands such as Knoxville Wildlife Area, Knoxville Recreation, and Cedar Roughs Wildlife area. These areas are under the jurisdiction of California Department of Fish and Wildlife and/or the Bureau of Land Management.

Management- The creation of Monticello Dam and Lake Berryessa were not intended for public and recreational use. The lake was initially fenced off but interest from the public overcame and many people still manage to access the water in the first two years. With no Federal or State agencies wanting to manage affairs at the lake, agencies authorized seven concessionaires to provide recreational activities at the lake to the public on federal land in the late 1950s. Though those 50 year contracts for the concessionaires have come to an end in 2009. During the time of the concessionaires, they leased some land to RV homes for long term housing. When the contracts ended, all the recreational facilities and mobile homes were forced to move from Federal property. The new reclamation has yet to seriously start any new development on recreational activities at the lake though a new multi-purpose trail is to be in the future. Post-contract, recreation levels and activities at Lake Berryessa has perished from the concessionaire days. ( Estimates from the bureau estimated that visitations at Lake Berryessa dropped to less than half since the termination of all seven resorts. The Bureau of Reclamation held an open bid period in 2015 to businesses for developmental opportunities at Lake Berryessa.

History-Artifacts, Native Americans. (The main town Monticello was abandoned….) Monticello residents opposed the government and the Solano Project but were unsuccessful. Residents abandoned their homes, the Monticello cemetery had to be relocated, and houses were destroyed. Monticello ranchers were terminated as equipment was auctioned away and the fertile land destroyed and flooded. -

The discovery of gold in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada causes an influx of people to migrate into the central valley. Communities in Solano County exploded as the gold rush took place. To accommodate for the rising population more water was needed for development and sustaining populations. Thus around the 1940s the Solano County Board of Supervisors organized the Solano County Water Council to search for the best place to develop a water project and thus Monticello Dam and Lake Berryessa was born. (Talk about development and completion of dam; done by wiki). - (talk) 01:08, 15 April 2016 (UTC)

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