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.
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
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
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, full-service marinas, boat rentals