LAKE BERRYESSA — Some Lake Berryessa recreation areas will be closing or have new hours in coming weeks.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will close the north side of its Oak Shores Day Use Area and two restrooms along Smittle Creek Trail from Oct. 15 to April 1. It will keep the south side of Oak Shores open, with its restrooms, picnic tables, barbecue grills and kayak and canoe launch. The north side closure will allow for maintenance and natural resource recovery, a bureau press release said.
Closing times for the bureau’s Oak Shores Day Use Area, Smittle Creek Day Use Area and Eticuera Day Use Area will continue to change as autumn moves along. The gates close at 7 p.m., will close at 6 p.m. from Oct. 15 to Nov. 3 and will close at 5 p.m. from Nov. 3 to March 8.
The Capell Cove boat launch is open from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Dufer Point Visitor Center is open from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
For more information on the federal facilities, go to the Lake Berryessa website at www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html or call the Dufer Point Visitor Center at 966-2111, ext. 113, or the Lake Berryessa administration office at 966-2111.
In addition, the Bureau of Reclamation has private concessionaires operate several resorts on federal land along the lake’s shore. For information, go to the websites for Markley Cove at www.markleycoveresort.com, Pleasure Cove Marina, Steele Canyon Recreation Area and Spanish Flat Recreation Area at www.goberryessa.com, or Putah Canyon Recreation Area at www.royalelkparkmanagement.com.
Lake Berryessa is located in Napa County. The massive reservoir provides water for Solano County cities and farms. It is also a popular destination for boating, hiking, biking and fishing.
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