August 17, 2013 12:00 AM

Lake Berryessa offers a spectrum of affordable recreation

Devil’s Gate on Putah Creek, on the west side of the Sacramento Valley, is a deep notch carved in a high, rocky escarpment. When engineers searching for a new dam site spotted it, they must’ve broken out in huge grins. Now, a half century later, as drivers wheel past the engineers’ creation, 304 foot-high Monticello Dam, they can smile, too. On the far side, they’ll see Lake Berryessa, an inviting, 20,700-acre expanse of blue and sparkling water.

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