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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
Paddle Notes: 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.
Kayak Fishing: 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.
The Department of Fish and Game stocks Lake Hennessey with approximately 6,000 pounds of rainbows every year, from November through April. Black Crappie fishing has declined, but anglers can still catch decent-sized fish using minnows and small jigs at night near brush and structure. Other fish found in Lake Hennessey include bluegill, redear and green sunfish, rainbow trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, channel and white catfish, black crappie, and brown and yellow bullhead. A fishing permit must be paid for persons 16 years or older.
Anglers must obtain an annual or daily fishing and boating permit from the Lake Hennessey caretaker or you can be submit the payment in the drop box at the boat launch. The hours of lake operation is posted at the boat launch. Motors over 10 horsepower are not allowed.
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.
Wind & Weather Conditions: The comfortable weather conditions throughout the year provide kayaking opportunities year-round. The daytime high air temperatures average in the mid-80s in the summer, in the low 70s in the spring and fall and in the mid-50s in the winter.
The warmest month of the year is July with an average maximum temperature of 83 degrees while the coldest month of the year is December with an average minimum temperature of 57 degrees. The annual average precipitation at Lake Hennessey is 26 Inches. The wettest month of the year is January with an average rainfall of 5 Inches.