The Lake Berryessa Senior Center & Community Hall Has A Logo!

Thanks to local artist, Debbie Thrasher, for the new logo approved on Friday by the Board of the Lake Berryessa Senior Center & Community Hall. The new logo supports the LBSC&CH revitalization plan which included new social media sites to promote a more active image and a program to expand its membership to younger community members and their families.

The Lake Berryessa Senior Center & Community Hall is committed to providing older adults, families and children with a friendly, supportive environment for social interaction, recreational activities, educational opportunities, community involvement, and access to public services.

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Beat the Heat Day! 

Lake Berryessa Senior Center & Community Hall

FREE summer BBQ & pot luck.

Saturday, August 18

5:30 PM - Social, 6:30 PM - Dinner.

Hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad. 

Bring a side dish to share. 

Horseshoes available. Kids games available.

We'll even bring out the poker tables for you to amaze your friends with your mad skills.


Pasote Tequila & Berryessa Bass Tournament: July 27, 2018

winners collage

We had a good turnout on a beautiful smoky Friday on Lake Berryessa for the last tournament of the year! Kind of fitting since the original tournament was canceled due to fire. Thanks to the 20 Teams that fished the 9th event hosted out of Markley Cove. AOY race is shaping up to be between three to four teams with the TOC points going to decide AOY!

We had an early smoky, cool & safe blast off with 3 flights, including 4 youth teams. There was no wind at the lake at blast off and a little breeze at weigh-in again. The lake is fishing pretty tough, with the weights being low and limits tough to get for some teams. Lots of teams struggled all day.

In the Youth Division, First Place with 13.38lbs & 2nd Place Big Fish went to CJ Conder. In Second Place, Matt Dettling weighed a sack of 5.46lbs. Third Place with 2.44lbs went to Joe Rosen. The bite has been pretty tough unless you find a school or a few feeding! It’s all about timing now with a ton of bait in the water; you got to be at the right spot when the fish are feeding. You might see fish and bait on the graph, but they might not be eating!

Teams reported catching better fish at 20’ – 40’ feet. Water temps are into the high 70’s to 80+ degree range with the water clarity fairly clear to murky. Teams reported catching their fish on Spoons, Shakeyhead, Jigs, Drop Shot, and Top Water. Most teams are fishing all over main body of the lake still.

First Place went to Dan Sweat and Jody Jordan with a nice sack that weighed 18.89lbs and was anchored with a 5.27lb kicker for 1st Place Big Fish! Second Place went to JP Gano and Angelo Alorro who brought in a sack that weighed 15.40lbs. Third Place went to Joe and Jack Mariani with a sack that weighed 14.22lbs.

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This is the Ninth tournament in a row that at least one of our youth teams has been in the money! Keep it up Youths – You are our FUTURE! Thanks to our Sponsor’s: Pasote Tequila, P-Line, Ficelle’s Bistro, Tomat’s Restaurant, Kasoku Teriyaki & More, Koloa Bass/Zipline/ATV, Dobyns Rods, Fisherman’s Warehouse, Battery Systems, Pisani’s Automotive, Trigger Grips, 3Badge.com, Markley Cove, and CE Ranch, Buckhorn Restaurant, Todd’s Custom Rod Art, Hisui, A-Rig-Wrap, Round Table Pizza, Buckhorn Grill, Pro Cure, Bay Tackle, LEBCO, Berryessa Boat Repair and Gone Fishing Marine!

See all you TOC Qualifiers on September 16, 2018 (Sunday)!    

Thanks for the Support!!! Website should be updated shortly! berryessabass.weebly.com



Glory Hole on a smoky Friday at Lake Berryessa

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The latest issue of the Lake Berryessa News, August 2018, has been published. Download a pdf version here.

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Beating A Dead Horse With A Stick

OR Beating A Horse With A Dead Stick?

BOR Betrays Berryessa AGAIN!

by Peter Kilkus

It’s been a long time since the original promise by the Bureau of Reclamation of a “seamless transition” at Lake Berryessa followed by many years of total chaos leading to the destruction of a local community and economy you see here now.

After the Pensus fiasco of 2010, Reclamation officials appeared to finally understand the serious damage they had done to our community. They scrambled from August, 2013 to January, 2014 to prepare various detailed plans for five concession areas. In July, 2015 Reclamation released its latest Concession Bid Prospectus. In February, 2016 Reclamation announced that no acceptable bids were received - a major disaster for the Lake Berryessa community. There was a period after that last failed bid process that Reclamation felt enough “guilt” to agree to work towards a Managing Partner Agreement with Napa County to allow the County to take over management of the resorts and create its own bid package and subsequent concession contracts.

Original Schedule

November 2017: RFII Submittals Due

January, 2018: MPA Authorization

February, 2018: RFP Release

April, 2018: RFP Due

Spring/Summer 2018: Concessionaire Selection and Negotiations

Modified Schedule  (February, 2018)

April, 2018: MPA Authorization

May, 2018: RFP Release

Modified Schedule  (July, 2018)


Modified Schedule  (August, 2018)


Napa County kept its word! It funded a detailed study showing that Lake Berryessa is a recreational gem that should provide significant financial incentive for resort companies to bid on running the lake resorts. At a December 13, 2017 meeting both Lake Berryessa supervisors, Alfredo Pedroza and Diane Dillon, spoke positively about the potential outcomes. Supervisor Pedroza said, “We’ve made great progress in working with the Bureau of Reclamation that will renew the vibrancy and allow sensible development at the lake.”

In January 2018, Reclamation also said that it is dedicated to coming to a Managing Partner Agreement (MPA) with the County that allows the County to manage the concessions. An MPA would allow Napa County to manage concession contracts with terms that were previously not available through Reclamation, leading to the revitalization of the whole region.

But then something happened. As I reported in last month’s issue of the Lake Berryessa News, “Both Napa County and Reclamation professed to be continuing the process with the positive intent to have Napa County take over management of all or some of the recreation areas. One hang-up seems to be the typical bureaucratic “off like a herd of turtles” syndrome. The other is the federal government approving 50 year terms for new concession contracts rather than the 30 year terms proposed by the Department of the Interior.”

Napa County is well managed with a dedicated professional staff. They have done their due diligence and all indications are that various departments are prepared to move forward with the bid process and concession management plans.

But where is the Bureau of Reclamation? Well, it appears - NOWHERE. We’ve lost another month due to bureaucratic bungling on the part of the Bureau of Reclamation. Apparently no one in that bureaucracy is willing to stand up and make a decision about the 5o year contract term. This is a betrayal of magnificent proportions!

Is the Bureau of Reclamation a dead horse no longer functioning, or is the influence of Napa County just a dead stick when encountering bureaucratic inertia? Maybe it’s time to go with an “old school” stick - a passionate letter-writing campaign. We need to let government officials know that we really, really care. It’s time to speak up again, as we have in the past. Sample below:


Dear -----

I am very concerned that the Bureau of Reclamation is once again ignoring the needs of the Lake Berryessa community. They were supposed to complete a Managing Partner Agreement with Napa County to allow the county to take over management of the lake’s recreation areas, including a new bid prospectus and subsequent concession contracts.

Why has Reclamation unilaterally delayed this important process? Why has Reclamation not followed through with the critically important approval of fifty years contract terms - which all research has shown to be necessary to attract competent recreation companies to invest in new facilities?

Please require that the Bureau of Reclamation follow through on this important issue.


(Addresses listed below.)

Mail, email, call, or fax to:

Congressman Mike Thompson

2721 Napa Valley Corporate Drive, Napa, CA 94558

Phone: (707) 226-9898, 
Fax: (707) 251-9800

email: https://mikethompsonforms.house.gov/contact/


Senator Diane Feinstein

One Post Street, Suite 2450, San Francisco, CA 94104 

Phone: (415) 393-0707, 
Fax: (415) 393-0710 



Senator Kamala Harris

333 Bush Street, Suite 3225
, San Francisco, CA 94104

Phone (415) 981 - 9369, 
Fax (202) 224 - 0454



Ryan Zinke, Interior Dept. Secretary

1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240



Brenda Burman, BOR Commissioner

1849 C Street, N.W
. Washington DC 20240

Phone: 202-513-0501, Fax: 202-513-0309


David Palumbo, Deputy Commissioner

1849 C Street, N.W. 
Washington DC 20240

Phone: 202-513-050, Fax: 202-513-0319


David Murillo, Regional Director

2800 Cottage Way
, Sacramento, CA 95825-1898

Phone: 916-978-5001, Fax 916-978-5005


Drew Lessard, BOR Area Manager

7794 Folsom Dam Road, Folsom, California 95630

Phone: 916-989-7200



Steele Fire - 8/1/18 Situation Update from the 

Berryessa Highlands Fire Safe Council

by Evan Kilkus, Volunteer Project Coordinator

Greetings neighbors. I spoke with CAL FIRE and several neighbors yesterday and would like describe the general situation so we can all continue to move forward and support those that need it. Seven homes at the top of Headlands Drive burned, and one on Woodhaven Court. Total acreage burned is at 135. Crews have a large dozer and/or hand line around the entire perimeter, and are continuing to monitor for and extinguish any hot spots that remain. 

There is no longer any active burning fire. Several engine crews will be patrolling for at least another couple days, then at least one truck will remain for several more days as a spotter. For several more days CAL FIRE Spanish Flat will send a crew out daily in the mid-afternoon to check for any activity. I spoke with several people and our neighbors, Ross, Jack, Mike, Cody, Darla, Oscar, Jen, Roy, and a few others who absolutely saved homes on Arroyo Grande, Woodhaven, and beyond - and helped save lives by getting residents’ attention for evacuation.

They held off the flames and saved houses in the first minutes of the fire. Additionally Capell Valley Volunteer Firefighters Sandy, Matt, Bob, and the rest of the Volunteer FD gang no doubt saved a half dozen houses on Woodhaven Ct. And the first on scene CAL FIRE Engine out of Spanish Flat was right there with them, as close to the fire as they could get, deflecting the fire away from Woodhaven. They, plus all the other resources on land and in the air, are the reasons so much of our neighborhood is still here. Can't thank them enough.

Please do not ask me "how did it start". CAL FIRE is investigating and will release a cause when it is fully determined. In the meantime, we do know it started near the end of Arroyo Grande, near a house, and let's leave it at that for now (and bottle up any frustration/anger).

Please respect the owners of the burned properties and do not walk on or around their burned homes. Besides the fact that it's not safe, it's still their place. Also, while I understand the curiosity, try to avoid being a "fire tourist", and please don't all drive around in these impacted areas if you don't have to.

For the next week, month, and for that matter until rainy season, all neighbors should be very alert for smoke or fire in this burn area. Especially on hot and windy days. If you see anything more than a tiny tiny puff of smoke, feel free to calmly call 911 to let them know something is burning in the fire area.

We may need to call them back out in future weeks if we see any tree stumps or similar re-ignition. CAL FIRE would rather come out here to hose down a hot tree trunk than fight a reignited wildfire. There are several more things to talk about, including lessons learned, and things we can all do in the future, but let's leave this as a simple update. Thanks to every one of you for helping with people’s pets, evacuating respectfully, donating, offering support, or just for being great neighbors! 


News video of the Steele Fire with the Healers and our other neighbors tragically affected by the result. 


Please donate what you can at:



Major Disaster in the Berryessa Highlands!!!!

The fire was below the Lake Berryessa News headquarters in Berryessa Highlands: Arroyo Grande, Woodhaven, and the end of Headlands. I almost evacuated, suitcase and computer in my car. Planes and helicopters flying over my head. The fire was a couple of miles from my house, but I could see the flames all night. See latest CalFire report at the link below. 


There are many dramatic photos you can find online. Here are a couple from my house. The house in the center of the collage was saved by CalFire before the got up to the house. Having a big tanker fly directly and low over my head was an interesting experience! 

Also an amazing photo by David Stalnaker shortly after the Steele Fire began.

Fire drop Headlands

Please donate to the fire relief fund at:


Thousands of dollars will be needed to help the folks who lost everything.


Did you ever have one of those days?…weeks?…years?

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Senior Health and Social Services Information

Although we live a long way from the Napa Valley we are part of Napa County. As such we are eligible for all the benefits available to older adults in Napa County. 

Comprehensive Services for Older Adults









A Little Volunteer Fire Department Humor to Make You Smile

A fire started on some grasslands near a farm. The county fire department was called to put out the fire. The fire was more than the county fire department could handle. Someone suggested that a nearby volunteer bunch be called. Despite some doubt that the volunteer outfit would be of any assistance, the call was made.

The volunteers arrived in a dilapidated old fire truck. They rumbled straight towards the fire, drove right into the middle of the flames and stopped! The firemen jumped off the truck and frantically started spraying water in all directions. Soon they had snuffed out the center of the fire, breaking the blaze into two easily-controlled parts.

Watching all this, the farmer was so impressed with the volunteer fire department's work and was so grateful that his farm had been spared, that right there on the spot he presented the volunteers with a check for $1,000. A local news reporter asked the volunteer fire captain what the department planned to do with the funds.

"That ought to be obvious," he responded, wiping ashes off his coat. "The first thing we're gonna do is get the brakes fixed on our fire truck!"


Fishing with Sid at Lake Berryessa

Last week my son and daughter-in-law went out fishing and did very well. They want me to mention that they attribute this to their "good luck charm" Amelia. (Photo below.)

On Thursday I took Mike and his 14 year old grandson Jack out for the day. Jack's largest bass weighed five pounds two ounces and he set the bar for the day because it was his first catch of the day. We had to take swim breaks during the day the temperature climbed up to 102 degrees. They continued to land bass all day, but Jack held the record for biggest catch - which he let us know over and over all day.  Job well done Jack!!!   

'til next time..... good fishing!!!!!, www.fishingconnection.net   If you have any questions or stories you would like to share or are interested in booking a guided fishing trip please email me at bestguide@hotmail.com or call me at 650-583-3333.

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Notice of Proposed New Fee Site, Lake Berryessa, Napa, California

The Bureau of Reclamation has proposed charging and retaining fees for day use and boat launch at Capell Cove Boat Launch, Oak Shores and Smittle Creek Day Use Areas located at Lake Berryessa. Details below:

[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 143 (Wednesday, July 25, 2018)] [Notices] [Page 35285] From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] [FR Doc No: 2018-15909]   ————————————————

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR  Bureau of Reclamation  [RR02471000, 18XR0680A4, RX.08804994.2000000]   Notice of Proposed New Fee Site, Lake Berryessa, Napa,  California; Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act  AGENCY: Bureau of Reclamation, Interior.  ACTION: Notice of proposed new fee site; request for comments.


SUMMARY: The Bureau of Reclamation is proposing to charge and retain  fees for day use and boat launch at Capell Cove Boat Launch, Oak Shores and Smittle Creek Day Use Areas located at Lake Berryessa. 

Special  Recreation Event authorization fees, and shade shelter reservations are also proposed to be retained under this authority.  DATES: Submit written comments on the new fee site on or before January  31, 2019. 

The proposed new fees would begin May 1, 2019. Public meeting  dates and location will be announced locally by press release and  posted on the Lake Berryessa website at www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/

ADDRESSES: Send written comments on the proposed new fee site to Drew  Lessard, Area Manager, Central California Area Office, Bureau of  Reclamation, 7794 Folsom Dam Road, Folsom, California 95630.  

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Margaret David Bailey, Lake Berryessa  Park Manager, Bureau of Reclamation, 5520 Knoxville Road, Napa,  California 94558; or call (707) 966-2111 extension 106; or send email  to mbailey@usbr.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act  (Title VII, Pub. L. 108-447) directed the Secretary of the Interior to  publish a 6-month advance notice in the Federal Register whenever new  recreation fee areas are established. Once public outreach is complete,  the new fees proposed below will be reviewed by the Bureau of  Reclamation Mid-Pacific Regional Director prior to a final decision and  implementation. Visitors wanting to reserve shade shelters would need  to do so through the National Reservation Service at  www.recreation.gov, or by calling 1-877-444-6777.    

The proposed fee for day use is $5 per vehicle ($50 annual fee); boat launch is $10 per launch ($100 annual fee); and $25 per shade  shelter. All interagency Senior and Access Passes will be accepted for  day use and discounted boat launching (50% discount). An analysis of  the nearby Federal and state recreation offerings with similar amenities shows that the proposed fees are reasonable and typical of similar sites in the area. Funds from fees will be used for the  continued operation, maintenance, and improvements of the reservoir  area recreation amenities and related programs.    

Public Disclosure. Before including your address, phone number,  email address, or other personal identifying information in your  comment, you should be aware that your entire comment--including your  personal identifying information--may be made publicly available at any  time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we  will be able to do so.     


Just Another Day in Paradise!

The staff of the Lake Berryessa News and friends out for a ride. Come on out to beautiful Lake Berryessa. There’s a lot of summer still ahead.


2018 Recreation Season at Lake Berryessa

The Bureau of Reclamation announces summer hours and programs for the 2018 recreation season at Lake Berryessa.

Reclamation Facilities are Open

Starting April 1, 2018, Park Rangers will staff the Dufer Point Visitor Center from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Stop-in with your questions about visiting the lake, volunteering with our new birding program, or upcoming events.

Oak Shores opens daily at 7:30 a.m. throughout the year and is free of charge.

Capell Cove Boat Launch will be open from 4 a.m.-10 p.m. and is free of charge.

Beginning May 1, 2018, Oak Shores Day Use Area offers six large group shade shelters at Acorn Beach, Foxtail Flat and Coyote Beach. Group shelters can be reserved for groups of up to 50 for $25, per shelter per day, at http://www.recreation.gov. For more information, or to organize a larger event, please contact the Lake Berryessa Park Ranger Office at 707-966-2111 ext. 113.

Markley Cove Resort, Pleasure Cove Marina, Steele Canyon Recreation Area, Putah Canyon Recreation Area, and Spanish Flat Recreation Area offer services including camping and boat launching. For information on concession-operated facilities, or to make reservations, please call the concession operators or visit their websites:

• Markley Cove, 707-966-2134, markleycoveresort.com

• Pleasure Cove Marina, 707-966-9600, goberryessa.com

• Steele Canyon Recreation Area, 707-966-9179


• Spanish Flat Recreation Area 707-966-0200, spanishflatcamping.com

• Putah Canyon Recreation Area, 707-966-9051, royalelkparkmanagement.com.

For those boating this year, familiarize yourself with the California Boater Card program. As of January 2018, boaters 20 years of age and under are required to possess a valid vessel operator card. Boaters may apply for the $10 card from the California Division of Boating and Waterways at: http://californiaboatercard.com/applynow/ .

Both child and adult-sized life jackets are available for the public to borrow, free of charge, from Oak Shores Day Use Area.

Campfires are only permitted within campfire rings in established campgrounds. Personal charcoal barbecue grills are not allowed anywhere at Lake Berryessa. Those wishing to barbecue with charcoal must use the grills provided in established campgrounds and Day Use Areas. For more information on safely using campfires and barbecues this year, please visit: http://www.preventwildfireca.org.

For more information, please contact the Lake Berryessa Field Office at 707-966-2111 ext. 113, or visit the Lake Berryessa website at https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/


Welcome to the best map of Lake Berryessa you’ll ever find!

Click on the map to see a larger version.

Click here to download a pdf copy.

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Lake Berryessa Fills and Glory Hole Spills: The Video History

This amazing series of Lake Berryessa News Drone videos by Evan Kilkus documents the 45 foot rise of Lake Berryessa in 2017.



Full lake level history 2015
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Berryessa Valley and the Town of Monticello Historical Photos and Videos from before Lake Berryessa covered it.

Berryessa Valley photo

Thanks to Carol Fitzpatrick for creating the Berryessa Valley Exhibit at the Spanish Flat Village Center described in the first video.




1958 - 2018

by Peter Kilkus

How Could the Government Have Done Something So Stupid?

Download a PDF of the first 180 pages of the book here....



Without THE LAKE BERRYESSA NEWS there would be no Lake Berryessa News…and finally there would be no definitive history of what happened at Lake Berryessa. Having participated directly for more than twenty years as an advocate for the lake in the fiasco that was the Bureau of Reclamation’s Visitor Services Plan, its farcical but tragic outcome, and the process of rebuilding, I have very strong views of the causes and results - supported by facts and data which were mostly obfuscated by the proponents of the destruction of the lake’s residential and business community.

The Bureau of Reclamation and their supporters destroyed family recreation at Lake Berryessa for a generation of families, children, and friends. 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.

The goal of this book is to provide the history and the context within which such an incredibly destructive course of action took place.

The initial timeline shows a condensed history of the process. The next section tells the story through the eyes of Lake Berryessa News articles. With the permission of the Napa Register, a parallel history is presented through contemporaneous editorials, articles, and letters to the editor from the Napa Register.

This book is not a traditional academic exercise in historical exposition. Academic historians define history as presenting facts without expressing any opinion or analysis of the events whereas memories are comprised of emotions that can have a great influence on the perception of an actual event. Critical historians live by the old saying of "there are two sides to every story and then there is the truth."

I’m more interested in the narrative approach to defining this history. Almost two decades have passed since this story began, and Lake Berryessa history has been created with every day of that twenty years.

This book is the raw, as-it-happened, unfiltered picture of what many of us lived through. It is organized chronologically; focused on a single coherent story; primarily descriptive but also analytical; primarily concerned with people but also the abstract circumstances in which they find themselves. To me a big part of the fascination with any history is trying to discover what was going on inside people's heads in the past, and what it was like to live in that past.

The future is finally looking brighter for Lake Berryessa. History continues to unfold.

Peter Kilkus, Lake Beryessa, 2018


Table Of Contents

Lake Berryessa History Timeline

How It All Began: The Origins of the “Big Lie”

Will History Repeat Itself In Reverse? What Happened in 1975?

Notice of Intent: Solano Project--Lake Berryessa; Napa, California

The “Big Lie” Continues: Task Force 7 Protests Reclamation’s Unjustified Negative Propaganda

The Facts Fight Back: What You Need to Know About the Battle for Berryessa

Local Businesses Fight Back: Chamber of Commerce Critique of Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Residents Fight Back: More Than 900 Unleash Scorn on Reclamation Plan

The Perversiopn of Public Law 96-375: Demolition Hardball by the Bureau of Reclamation

Reclamation Defends Unjust Requirement to Demolish ALL Existing Facilities At Lake Berryessa

The Pensus Years: The Lake Berryessa News View

Pensus: The Short Story That Was Actually A Fantasy

Pensus Signs Berryessa Contract – Begins Facilities Development – Announces Resort Openings

Springtime at Lake Berryessa: Pensus in Bloom?

They’re Off Like a Herd of Turtles! Bureaucracy at Berryessa

Lake Berryessa: When Do Past Memories Actually Become “HISTORY”?

Goodbye 2011: Another Year of Process Without Progress! Will 2012 Be Any Better?

A Lake Berryessa Midsummer Night’s Dream (With Apologies to William Shakespeare)

Applehood and Mother Pie! What’s Right, What’s Wrong, and Why

Catch-22: The Bureaucratic Double Bind Theory in Practice

Seasons, Cycles, and Radical Change: Chaos Theory - Lake Berryessa Style

Floundering About at Lake Berryessa (This is not a fishing story.)

SNAFU, FUBAR and BOHICA: Deciphering Berryessa’s Ancient Rock Sculpture at Steele Park

Feds Final Folly: The Destruction of Steele Park - Public Law 96-375’s Unintended Consequence

A Modest Radical Proposal: Transfer Management of Lake Berryessa to Napa County

A Path Forward To Revitalize Lake Berryessa: Fire The Feds!

Open Letter to the Federal Government: Get Out of Lake Berryessa!

Napa County and the Bureau of Reclamation: Working Together to Rebuild Lake Berryessa?

Will 2017 Be Lake Berryessa's Lucky Year?

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

The Future of Lake Berryessa Looks Brighter, But The Sun Also Rises A Bit Slowly

Napa County Releases Lake Berryessa Request For Information & Interest

Lake Berryessa History Through Napa Register Articles    

Lake Berryessa History Through Napa Register Editorials

Dueling Napa Register Letters To The Editor 


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.        

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".


Some Interesting Past Stories

Revitalizing Lake Berryessa - Idling Towards Home

Protection, Preservation, or Private Profit?

A Fishy Fishing Story at Lake Berryessa

Undercover agents and all…plus a new Fishing Guide Policy from Reclamation

A Tale of Two Aircraft Tragedies - Twenty Years Apart

Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Assessment (EA) For Lake Berryessa Recreation Areas Development

"Holes In History" at Lake Berryessa: Simple Incompetence, Fervent Ignorance, Malicious Arrogance

Who Will Run The New Lake Berryessa Resorts?

2017: The Year In Review Through Lake Berryessa News Headlines

Christmas Calls To Action For The Survival 

Of The Human Race

The Great Lake Berryessa (Atlas) Fire of 2017

Atlas Fire Timeline From The Berryessa Highlands

What Is That Red Stuff Falling From The Sky?

Circle Oaks Fire - The Great Escape

Lake Berryessa Boater Outreach Program: Summer 2017

Download full report pdf here...

Lake Berryessa 1971: Controversy Begins (Oakland Tribune)

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

Napa County Wildfire Awareness Resources

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

Exciting New Game Fishing Opportunity at Lake Berryessa

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

Alternative A+ Executive Summary


Special Publications

Final Ragatz Report (75MB PDF)

Ragatz Summary Recommendations (75 KB PDF)


Conspiracy Theory Or Automatic Pilot: The Economic Roots Of Environmental Destruction        

By Peter F. Kilkus 

Download PDF of this report (2 MB)


The Amazing Foods of Chef Neiman Marxist

Chef Neiman Marxist French rev1


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The Winters Express


ACDC Intros mix



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