Gorgeous lakeside vistas and year-round recreation make Lake Berryessa a choice spot for wildlife and water aficionados alike.
Just east of Napa Valley, Lake Berryessa is popular thanks to the water, with boating, water skiing, wakeboarding, jet skiing, sailing, canoeing, swimming, kayaking, and fishing. Several full-service marinas, boat launches, and boat rentals make it easy to get out there. Visitors can stay on the lake overnight in a houseboat, or choose from lakeside cabins, cottages, and several campgrounds around the lakeshore with campsites for tents, RVs, trailers, and groups. Camping options can also be found at nearby county parks, state parks, and RV resorts.
On Berryessa’s northwestern shore, at the mouth of Putah Creek Canyon, the Putah Canyon Campground offers a boat launch and nearly 100 lakeview campsites for tents, RVs, trailers, and groups, with picnic tables, barbecue grills, water, and toilets. Further south on a peninsula, the Spanish Flat Campground offers 55 campsites for tents, RVs, and trailers, with picnic tables, barbecue pits, piped water, and toilets. The Spanish Flat Village Center offers stores, a deli, and a museum nearby.
On the southwestern end, the Steele Canyon Campground offers a boat launch and 84 campsites for tents, RVs, and trailers. At the southern end, Pleasure Cove Campground is the largest around the lake with 140 tent, RV, and trailer campsites. Part of the Pleasure Cove Marina, amenities are plentiful and include flush toilets, boat rentals, cabin rentals, and a boat launch.
Within 30 miles of Lake Berryessa are several other camping options. Southeast of the lake, Lake Solano Park offers creekside camping, a seasonal pool, and a long, narrow lake ideal for non-motorized boating. To the north, Lower Hunting Creek offers a small campground on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land near several OHV trails. West of the lake, Bothe-Napa Valley State Park features a Redwood campground. Southwest of Napa, Skyline Wilderness Park offers tent, RV, and equestrian sites and trails.
No, you cannot camp anywhere at Lake Berryessa. However, there are designated campgrounds around the lake where you can camp. Some popular options include Pleasure Cove Marina, Steele Canyon Recreation Area, and Spanish Flat Recreation Area. These campgrounds offer tent sites, RV sites, and various amenities, such as restrooms, picnic areas, and boat launches. It's essential to reserve a campsite in advance and follow the rules and regulations of the specific campground you choose.
Yes, you can camp overnight at Lake Berryessa. There are several campgrounds and recreational areas around the lake that offer camping options. For a variety of camping experiences, including tent camping, RV camping, and group camping, you can explore the options on Hipcamp. Popular campgrounds include Steele Canyon Recreation Area.
Yes, it is generally safe to swim in Lake Berryessa. The lake is a popular destination for swimming, boating, and other water activities. However, it is essential to follow safety precautions, such as wearing a life jacket while boating, and being aware of water conditions and any posted warnings. For more information on swimming at Lake Berryessa, visit Hipcamp.