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Lake Berryessa Wildlife Area


The Lake Berryessa Wildlife Area is comprised of approximately 2,000 acres of annual grasslands and blue oak woodlands owned by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and managed by CDFW. The area represents the entire east shore of Lake Berryessa and runs from the east side of Monticello Dam to Eticurea Creek.

Wildlife species which can sometimes be seen at Lake Berryessa include deer, coyote, bobcat, grey fox, American white pelican, flickers, ruby-crowned kinglets, and towhees. Less common sightings include pileated woodpeckers and peregrine falcons. The lake supports both warmwater and coldwater fish populations such as largemouth and smallmouth bass, black crappie, channel catfish, and rainbow trout. It is fed by Putah Creek, Pope Creek, and their respective tributaries.

For more information, call the Bay Delta Region's Napa office at (707) 944-5500.

Recreational Opportunities

fishing boat ramp wildlife viewing

Activities: fishing, boating, birdwatching, and wildlife viewing

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Facilities: None

PLEASE NOTE: For information on public use regulations for this area and other Department lands please refer to the link opens in new windowCDFW Public Lands Regulations booklet. Scroll to the Table of Contents. Locate the page number for general regulations for public uses on all Department lands. For additional regulations that apply only to certain properties, check the Table of Contents for sections that refer to additional or property-specific regulations for wildlife areas or ecological reserves. All visitors are responsible for knowing and following the general and property-specific regulations.

Area History

At the beginning of the Euroamerican era, the area was occupied by Native Americans. At least one village was located in the reservoir area. Rancho Las Putas was granted to Jose and Sixto Berryessa, and was confirmed by the United States Court in 1855. By 1866, ownership of the rancho was in other hands and being subdivided. Historically, the area has been managed primarily for cattle grazing and non-intensive recreational uses. Lake Berryessa was established in 1957 with the completion of Monticello Dam. This property was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 1998.

Last update : 7/20/2017 3:03:20 PM

Wildlife Branch - Lands Program
1812 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 445-0411

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Bay Delta Region (Region 3)

Napa County

east shore of Lake Berryessa

Access: From Interstate 80, take Highway 505 north; take the Highway 128 exit through Winters, to Lake Berryessa. The area can be accessed by boat via the many launching ramps on the west and south shores of the Lake.

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