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OAK SHORES DAY USE AREA (CA), CA

part ofLake Berryessa, Bureau of Reclamation
Photo: OAK SHORES DAY USE AREA (CA)
Status: Open through Mon Jun 01 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

Nestled between Blue Ridge and Cedar Roughs east of Napa Valley, Lake Berryessa provides ample public recreation opportunities. Popular activities on and around the large, yet uncrowded lake include fishing, boating, water skiing, wake boarding, jet skiing, sailing, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, wildlife viewing, hiking, biking and picnicking. The Dufer Point Visitor Center offers year-round interpretive events and exhibits highlighting natural and cultural resources.

Lake Berryessa is a Federal reservoir managed by the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region (Central California Area Office).

Natural Features:

Lake Berryessa is more than just a great place for water recreation. The blue oak woodlands covering the surrounding hills are home to a wide variety of plants and animals, all dependent on each other to survive. Visitors can experience the beauty of Lake Berryessa by hiking the Smittle Creek Trail. The climate is Mediterranean with warm, dry summers and cool, wet winters. For those who wish to venture outside the main recreation areas, there are many unique places to visit. Overall, the geography is quite varied and provides many opportunities for all types of recreation.

Recreation:

Oak Shores and Smittle Creek Day Use areas offer free day use, beach activities, swimming, shoreline fishing and wildlife viewing. The 2.6-mile long Smittle Creek Trail connects the two areas.

Commercial Concession Areas also provide a variety of recreation opportunities for a fee at the lake. These include camping, lodging, marina services, boat rentals and retail stores. Contact the concession areas directly for information about amenities and fees.

Facilities:

Reclamation Managed Day Use Areas offer more than 200 picnic sites which are equipped with picnic tables, barbeque grills, restrooms and drinking water. There are six covered group picnic sites that can be reserved or can be used on a first-come, first-served basis.

Commercial Concession Areas provide the following services:

Markley Cove Resort provides boat launching, marina services, boat fuel, boat rentals, lodging and retail sales. Call (707) 966-2134 or visit www.markleycoveresort.com for detailed information on services and fees.

Pleasure Cove Marina provides tent and RV camping, day use, boat launching, marina services, boat fuel, boat rentals, lodging and retail sales. Call (707) 966-9600 or visit http://goberryessa.com for detailed information on services and fees.

Steele Canyon Recreation Area provides tent and RV camping, day use and boat launching. Call (707) 966-9179 or visit http://goberryessa.com for detailed information on services and fees.

Spanish Flat Recreation Area provides tent and RV camping, day use and boat launching. Call (707) 966-9172 or visit http://goberryessa.com for detailed information on services and fees.

Putah Canyon Recreation Area provides tent and RV camping, day use and boat launching. Call (707) 966-9051 or visit www.royalelkparkmanagement.com for detailed information on services and fees.

Nearby Attractions:

Nearby areas including Cedar Roughs Wilderness Area and Knoxville Recreation Area offering extensive backcountry and hiking opportunities. Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve, operated by the University of California at Davis, is a high-quality hiking experience near the Monticello Dam that provides great views of Lake Berryessa.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Drinking Water
  • Accessible Parking
  • Accessible Picnic Shelters
  • Beach Access
  • Day Use Area
  • Drinking Water
  • Emergency Phone
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hiking
  • Lake Access
  • Parking Area
  • Pets Allowed
  • Water
Within 10 Miles
  • Bait Shop
  • Tent sites
  • Visitor Center
Know Before You Go
  • Oak Shores Day Use Area- Park rules prohibit glass containers, fireworks, pets off leash, open fires and trailers. For additional information see 43 CFR Parts 423 and 429. They are available at the Lake Berryessa Administrative Office or online at: www.usbr.gov/cio/im/rules/Rules.htm

  • There are limited services, including food service and vehicle fuel, within thirty miles of most of the lake.
  • A reservation holder's representative must be present by 12:00 p.m. or the shelter will be given to a party requesting use.


Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
30.56, -122.23444
30°33'36"N, 122°14'4"W

From Sacramento:
Take I-80 west toward San Francisco, and take Exit 113 towards Woodland. Travel about 1.5 miles until you see the sign for Winters. Exit here and turn left at the light. Follow this road into Winters. This road turns into Highway 128. Continue on 128 til right hand turn on Knoxville Road. It is approximately 8 miles north on Knoxville Road.

From San Francisco:
Drive north on Interstate 80 and take the Napa turnoff onto Highway 29. Then turn onto Highway 121, following it to Highway 128. Continue on 128 til right hand turn on Knoxville Road. It is approximately 8 miles north on Knoxville Road.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

OAK SHORES DAY USE AREA (CA)
5520 Knoxville Road
Napa  CA  94558

Phone Number:

Information:  (707)966-2111
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