February 2019: 2nd Anniversary of Glory Hole Spilling

The last time the lake overflowed Glory Hole before the long drought was January, 2006 when the level reached 443.5 feet above mean sea level (msl). During the ten year drought (2007 -2017) it’s lowest level dropped to 398.6 feet in October 2016. 

On February 21, 2017 Lake Berryessa finally reached its second highest lake level in history - 443.6 feet msl - a  45 foot rise - the second fastest rise in its 58 year history. 

This was above the highest lake level in 11 years. It was only 3.1 feet lower than the highest level in lake history - 446.7 feet in 1983 - 6.7 feet above Glory Hole. 

The fastest rise was 61 feet in 1995 - and the lake never even got to Glory Hole level that time. The lake level has only reached Glory Hole 25 times in 60 years.

Lake Berryessa water washed over and into the Glory Hole on Feb. 12, 2017 at 1:45 PM for the first time in 11 years! Granted it was helped by California Marine Sports wakeboard boats creating large wakes on a beautiful, clear sunny Sunday, but before anyone objects that this doesn’t count, we were MAKING history. It was REAL Lake Berryessa water flowing over the lip of Glory Hole. And it was also a bit of good fun the large crowd on hand.


2/16/17: Lake Berryessa "officially" hit 439.9 feet - 1 inch below Glory Hole at 7 PM! Wind pushed some small waves over the lip. We really didn’t count this because the lake level was not at 440 feet. The water was just below the lip.


2/17/17: Lake Berryessa  OFFICIALLY HIT THE TOP of the Glory Hole Spillway, 400.0 feet, at 1 A.M!

2/21/17: Lake Berryessa hit 443.6 feet, 3.6 feet above Glory Hole, the second highest level in history. 


February, 2019Can it happen again this year? Only 11.5' to go as of 2/4/19!

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