Helping Hands Charity Event

 Saturday, July 23

 10:00 am — 4:00 pm Moskowite Corners

 Rummage Sale , Car Wash, $4 Lunch Deal

 This event is sponsored by the Community Church of Lake Berryessa and Valley Christian Church.

We have 16 booths confirmed - our biggest event ever.  Items from clothes, tools, knick knacks, horse tack including saddles will be on sale at rummage sale prices.

 Car wash and bake sale will also be available.  We are trying to get as many buyers as possible to come in and browse around!

 All proceeds from this event will go to support the effort to open a park/community center at the former Capell Valley School. Contact Terri Lee at 373-5177 for information.    


Lake Berryessa: The Future of Sustainable 

Nature-Based Recreation

Now that Napa County is in serious negotiations with the Bureau of Reclamation regarding taking over the management of the lake resorts through a Managing Partnership Agreement (MPA), it may be time to speculate on the possible future of the Lake Berryessa resorts. In each previous Bid Prospectus, Reclamation proposed a range of recreation opportunities and price points for the various resorts in keeping with the goal of making the lake available to a wide range people.

Half a century ago, when people said they were going camping, fishing, or boating, it was clear what they intended. Today, due to many factors such as new technology and equipment, and diverse public tastes and preferences, there are many types of activities available. Resorts can provide zip lines, wi-fi, floating restaurants, hiking  trails and other amenities to attract that diverse public.

Research has shown that recreationists not only seek to participate in recreation activities, but also seek specific recreation settings in order to enjoy a special kind of recreation experience and subsequent benefits. These four components (activities, settings, experience, and benefits) constitute a recreation opportunity.

The Recreational Opportunity Spectrum of Lake Berryessa

Lake Berryessa provides a range of recreational opportunities to visitors. However, some opportunities are clearly more appropriate and historically-supported by visitor usage data. Examples would include motorized boating, camping, glamping, and hiking.

One end of the possible development spectrum would be to get a top developer to build and operate a rustic but modern resort that will attract those visitors who can afford a top-of-the-line RV and a $50,000 wakeboard boat or tricked-out bass boat. 

A mid-range “glamping” resort would appeal to folks who would like to go tent camping but still want a comfortable place to hang out. (See story below.) 

Tent glamp

With seven locations around the lake there’s room for recreation imagination!

We’ve all learned a lot about how to do things right, both environmentally and socially, with respect to outdoor recreation. The more unpleasant results of the lack of oversight at some of the previous resorts can never happen at Lake Berryessa again. But the lake can become a premier destination for a wide range of visitors. 

General Trends in Nature-Based Outdoor Recreation

For a sizable number of nature-based activities, both the number of people participating and the summed days of participation has been increasing. Prominent among these growth activities were viewing and photographing natural scenery, flowers, trees, and wildlife.. 

Also growing in both number of participants and total days of participation were visiting nature centers, sightseeing, visiting beaches, visiting wilderness, developed camping, boating, driving off-road motor vehicles, kayaking, and snowboarding. Nationally, however, the greatest growth in participation is for activities that are physically not very challenging.

Generational Marketing

  Married with children couples are only 34% of the nation’s 105 million households.

Boomers: 77 million, born 1946-1964, 28% of population, but 50% of personal income. Dual earners with kids. Marriage age increasing – couples now travel as families creating need for family resorts.

Gen X (45 million, born 1965-1976): In the U.S. Generation X was originally referred to as the "baby bust" generation because of the drop in the birth rate following the baby boom. They are culturally and environmentally concerned, less materialistic, statistically the highest education levels when looking at age groups.

Gen Y (Millennials, 72 million, born 1977-1994): Equal in size to Boomers. Fluent in technology, increased use and familiarity with communications, media, and digital technologies. Its upbringing was marked by an increasingly neo-liberal or market-oriented approach to politics and economics. 



Glamorous, Camping… Glamping.  What a concept.  But what does it mean?  Is it a cabin?  A yurt?  A RV?  A treehouse?  A multi-million dollar estate in Calistoga?  Vaguely and technically, yes to all.  Glamping is a word that first originated about 11 years ago, and since then the term has caught on as a trendy word to describe a large variety of alternatives to pitching a tent on the dirt.

While examples of glamping vary from functional to over the top deluxe, for the sake of Lake Berryessa, let’s bring it back to the basics.

A perfect example of a basic glamping campsite happens to be in Vacaville at the Vineyard RV Park.  As the photo below from glampinghub.com shows, all that’s needed is a basic wood platform as small as 10’x10’, with canvas walls and a roof, installed on 9 concrete blocks. 

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Inside you will find all the basics you wish you could fit in your backpack on your camping trip.  A full size bed with linens, night stands with lamps, and always a few chairs and a coffee table so you can relax in the comfort of your very own… glamorous campsite.

A search on glamping.com shows three more examples of what glamping can be.  Ranging in price from $65 to $500 or more, adventure seekers can often find the option and location that suits their needs, desires, and budget.

So how does the Glamping trend relate to Lake Berryessa?  Simple.  For the last 10 years the same major issue has come up for potential resort bidders that were trying to build cabins and standard resort facilities.  California’s increasingly stringent building and environmental codes made these resorts cost more money to build than most were willing to risk.  Now in 2016, glamping might be the cost effective solution we have all been looking for.    

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115 Berryessa Drive


Partnership Interns Making an Impact During 4th of July Weekend 

by Marianelly Lopez

It is hard to believe that two months ago I became a part of the Lake Berryessa Watershed Partnership team. Even though we all come from different backgrounds and interests, we are unified through our desire to keep Lake Berryessa clean and educate others about water quality and conservation. I never expected that such a diverse team could work so well together within such a short period of time. 

As a biological systems engineering major, I have learned to work alongside scientists and engineers to find solutions to existing problems in the environment. Teamwork has always been essential to make things happen, and I believe that the Lake Berryessa team excels in this category. Working at the lake has given me the opportunity to focus on the current problem of invasive zebra and quagga mussels while finding ways to make others active participants in making a positive impact in our environment.

The classes in my major have sparked my curiosity and desire to work in the environmental health field. Learning about biological life cycles in upper division biology and ecology classes, designing an on-campus storm water management solution in my green engineering design class, and building a bioreactor for my senior design project sparked my interests in the environment. The class subjects and team building opportunities truly encouraged me to find an opportunity to apply my knowledge and have hands-on experience.

The LBWP Internship turned out to be the very opportunity that I was looking for. From the very first day where I met my co-workers, I had a feeling that this was the right place for me. Learning how the zebra and quagga mussels negatively change the biology and chemistry of the lake increased my desire to help protect the lake. After spending weeks training together and learning the material, the Lake Berryessa team has grown stronger and more effective. We have learned how to depend on each other when work is tough, especially during the holiday weekends. 2058 boater surveys and 319 recreator surveys have been conducted from Memorial Day weekend to before the Fourth of July weekend, thanks to the team’s effort. 

Our teamwork can be especially reflected from the results of Fourth of July weekend. Every time that we go out to the lake, we are divided into smaller teams of 1 to 3 people and are in charge of conducting invasive screenings and boater surveys. While the invasive screenings allow us to interact with every single boater entering Lake Berryessa, the boater surveys are the real opportunity to spread knowledge to others. The individual(s) that we talk to learn about their role in keeping Lake Berryessa clean and also receive a boater kit to act upon the information provided to them. 

When we were told that last year 128 boater surveys were conducted during this holiday, we were determined to beat that number.  What started out as a friendly competition between the Steele Canyon and Capell Cove teams actually turned out to be a source of motivation for everyone. Despite the windy weather, the entire team managed to get 1,200 invasive screenings and 216 boater surveys! We had exceeded our own expectations. 

My favorite part about this job is seeing how determined people can be to take care of the lake and their boats once they learn about the invasive mussel species. Even the young children who hear their parents answering the questions are absorbing the information. All of this would not occur if there was not a team of people who care about protecting Lake Berryessa.

My name is Marianelly and I am the oldest of three children. I grew up in the Bay Area, surrounded by many cities and suburbs. Going to college at UC Davis opened a window to explore nature’s wonder and has also opened the door that led me to this internship. 

I am very grateful that the Solano County Water Agency (SCWA) gave me an opportunity to further explore my passion for the environment. I have one more quarter before completing my undergraduate education this December. If you ever stop by Lake Berryessa this summer, I guarantee that you will be greeted by one of the friendly members of the Lake Berryessa team. 

Bilgee & kids


For a beautiful real-time web cam shot of Lake Berryessa, try this link:




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Fishing with Sid at Lake Berryessa

I had a great time fishing last weekend. The weather was perfect and the water temperature was up to eighty degrees. My first day out was with Albert and John and we fished around little island with some good results but no big fish.

That evening I went out again with Kevin and fished by big island and the bite was on. We caught limits and it didn't matter what color crank bait we used, they were hitting on everything. We even had a few double hook ups. Needless to say we stayed in that spot. Largest fish was almost nine pounds.

Next day Kevin and I headed out early we naturally headed back to big island hoping for the same results. My plan was to start out there and if the bite was off we would head to the vineyards. Happily the bass were waiting for us and we spent the day in that area catching limits again.

George and I went out for a little while that evening. He wanted to catch a fish on his rod and within a half hour he caught a nice bass weighing in at just over two pounds and a few others between 3.5 to 4 pounds. My last day was with Steve with the same results over all it was a great fishing weekend!!!

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man 2 fish



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Berryessa Lions Club’s 17th Annual Cowboy Steak Feed 

Saturday July 23rd

Hosted By The Turtle Rock

Still Only $30.00

For A Rib-Eye With All The Fixin’s 

Cocktails, 5:00, Dinner, 6:30-8:30 

Cowboy Games, Cowboy Music, And All –Around Cowboy Fun

Paid Reservations Recommended As This Event Is Always A Sellout

Reservations: Call The Turtle Rock 707  966-2246


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Lake Berryessa History 2010

The Bureau of Reclamation has destroyed family recreation at Lake Berryessa for a generation of children. Here's an interview I did in 2010, three years after the interview below with Pat Monaghan and just after Pensus had been given the contract for 5 resorts. As we all know Pensus was subsequently kicked out in 2012.    

How Could the Government Have Done Something So Stupid?

Many people ask me about the history of the process that led to the present situation at Lake Berryessa. When I explain what happened most become incredulous and can't believe the government could have done something so stupid. "How could they have gotten away with that?" they exclaim.

Here's a 2007 TV interview with Pat Monaghan, cofounder of Task Force 7 at Lake Berryessa, to give you some historical insight. Those of you who remember Pete Lucero will recognize his description of what we called "The Big Lie" - which turned into the "Epic Fail".



Lake Level Fifty Year History

Full lake level history 2015


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