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Reclamation Announces Seasonal Recreation Area Closures and Seasonal Changes to Park Hours

The Bureau of Reclamation, Central California Area Office, has scheduled a seasonal closure of the north side of Oak Shores Day Use Area and the two restrooms along the Smittle Creek Trail at Lake Berryessa beginning Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, through Saturday, April 1, 2017.

The south side of Oak Shores will continue to offer restroom facilities, picnic tables, barbeque grills, water access, and a kayak/canoe hand launch. This seasonal closure allows Reclamation to perform necessary maintenance tasks and provides time for natural resource recovery. All other Reclamation-operated locations will remain open year-round.

Seasonal changes to park hours include the following Reclamation-operated areas: Oak Shores Day Use Area, Smittle Creek Day Use Area and Eticuera Day Use Area. Beginning Saturday, October 1, gates will close at 5 p.m. to reflect changes in daylight hours.

The Capell Cove Boat Launch Ramp is open. As are the other ramps at Lake Berryessa, including those at the Putah Canyon Recreation Area, Steele Canyon Recreation Area, Pleasure Cove Marina, Spanish Flat Recreation Area and Markley Cove Resort (see the map at…/lake-map-base-032116.jpeg).

Please note that these concession areas charge a fee to use their launch ramps. Please contact the locations to ensure ramps are still in operation prior to traveling, as some will likely be closing soon due to the dropping lake level. For information, please visit the following websites:

Markley Cove:

Pleasure Cove Marina and Steele Canyon Rec Areas:

Spanish Flat Recreation Area:

Putah Canyon Rec Area:

The Dufer Point Visitor Center is open Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. from Oct. 1, 2016, through April 1, 2017. For information on activities, directions, pet restrictions, or other questions, please call the Visitor Center at 707-966-2111, ext. 113, or the Lake Berryessa Administration Office at 707-966-2111.

Lake Berryessa Bureau of Reclamation Information Page:

Lake Berryessa Visitor Information:

Lake Berryessa Recreation Opportunities:

Steele Canyon Recreation Area:

Markley Cove Resort:

Pleasure Cove Marina:

Spanish Flat Recreation Area

Putah Canyon Recreation Area

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