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Lake Hennessey Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
Area Map #138 Miles of Shoreline: N/A Lake Surface Acres: 860 Elevation: 331’ Address: Highway 128 Sage Canyon Road Rutherford, CA 94559 Ph: 707 226-7455
An amazing sunny day on the water, good company, and pleasant weather create the perfect conditions to explore Lake Hennessey, a beautiful paddling getaway, tucked away in the heart of Napa County. Outdoor lovers will savor the outstanding kayaking opportunities at this superb lake. If you enjoy spending time outdoors, you'll enjoy paddling around this picturesque lake, surrounded by an abundance of panoramic views of gentle, rolling foothills, and pastoral vineyards mixed with pine forests.
There’s something here for outdoor lovers of every kind. Those who want to relax with their binoculars for world-class birding, keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles, osprey, woodpeckers, and loons. The lake is also bountiful with ducks, geese, tadpoles, and a diverse population of swallows, red feather blackbirds, and turkey vultures.
Due to the 10 m.p.h. boat seed limit, the lake is perfect for kayaking and casting out a line. During the winter and spring, rainbow trout provide excellent fishing opportunities for kayak anglers. The lake supports both warm water and cold water fish populations. It is fed by Putah Creek, Pope Creek, and their respective tributaries.
In the summer of 2013, the district opened five miles of trails in its 637-acre Moore Creek Park. The new trails cut through 900 acres of adjacent, city-owned property called the Lake Hennessey Unit. Hikers enjoy trails through oak woodlands on the north shore of Lake Hennessey. The tree-lined comfortable footpaths are flanked with budding flowers and an array of wildlife. The dog friendly trail provides an easy hike.
Open: Lake Hennessey is open seven days a week year-round. Vessels are limited to outboard motors of 10 horse power or less. Lake hours are one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset. Launching and retrieving water craft permitted only during hours posted at the boat launch.
Fees: There is a fee to camp, to launch and a boating permit fee. Daily fee must be submitted in the drop box at the Lake Hennessey boat launch.
Lake Facilities: Lake Hennessey features picnic areas,, shore fishing access, a launch ramp, restrooms, and picnic tables. Inflatable kayaks or rubber rafts must be the minimum 8’ in length. Windsurfers, sailboats without cockpits, water and jet skiing are not allowed. Swimming, wading, or water contact sports are not permitted. This facility has a group picnic shelter and a playground. Drinking water is provided, and there is a grocery store within a short driving distance.
Lake Directions: The lake is located five miles east of St. Helena. From Oakville, off of SR-29 head north. Turn right onto SR-128 (Rutherford Road), Drive two-point-eight miles. Turn right onto Silverado Trails South. Drive 174 yards. Veer right onto Sage Canyon Road. Drive 1.9 miles to the launch.