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Lake Berryessa


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Lake Berryessa Canoe, Kayak, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information

Outstanding paddling opportunities can be found throughout this gigantic lake, located just north of Napa Valley, in beautiful wine country, at an elevation of 440 feet. Lake Berryessa is one of the largest manmade lakes in California and is the largest lake in Napa County.

Surrounded by crystalline water and low rolling foothills, it's nearly impossible not to be drawn to Lake Berryessa’s stunning views, diverse nature, and wildlife that make the 26 miles long by 3 miles wide lake an extraordinary paddling get-a-way.

The hot temperatures in the summer make it perfect for water sports, fishing, camping, wildlife viewing, or just simply sitting back and releasing the cares of the day as you glide along the lake’s glassy waters. Brilliant sunrises and sunsets, incredible sunny days, and hours exploring secluded coves on the water are just a few of the many pleasures this lake has to offer.  

As you paddle your way around the lake's snaking 165 miles of shoreline, keep on the lookout for the migrating or nesting birds that are most populous in early spring and late fall, but present almost year round.  body of water.

The lake’s enormous size need not prevent you from having a pleasurable paddling experience, thanks to the numerous boat launch locations, which allow you to paddle this enormous lake by sections at a time. Or you can rent a houseboat and drop anchor at several of the lake’s scenic arms, providing of course, you have the time for an extended stay. 

Jan Feb Mar Apr Jay Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 57 62 65 71 75 81 83 82 82 76 64 57
Low 39 42 43 45 49 53 55 550 53 49 43 39

Open: The lake is open daily all year, for camping and paddling, 24 hours a day, with running lights at night. Berryessa, Lake

Fees: There are fees to camp, to launch, for pets and day use. 

Lake Facilities: The lake facilities include all types of boating and jet skiing, swimming, fishing, windsurfing, hiking and horseback riding trails, six boat launches, fullThe Best Places to Kayak in California Guide Book-service marinas, boat rentals and groceries.





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