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Camping at Lake Berryessa Campgrounds

Updated on May 22, 2012

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Pictures of Lake Berryessa

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Me water skiingRobin skiingTom with a huge spray just before wiping outMark upside down trying to pull off a flip on the wake boardMe rocking the HubPages Tshirt on the LakeThe girls tubing behind the pontoon boatMy girls swimming in the lake
Me water skiing
Me water skiing
Robin skiing
Robin skiing
Tom with a huge spray just before wiping out
Tom with a huge spray just before wiping out
Mark upside down trying to pull off a flip on the wake board
Mark upside down trying to pull off a flip on the wake board
Me rocking the HubPages Tshirt on the Lake
Me rocking the HubPages Tshirt on the Lake
The girls tubing behind the pontoon boat
The girls tubing behind the pontoon boat
My girls swimming in the lake
My girls swimming in the lake

Driving Directions to Lake Berryessa in Napa, CA

A marker6100 Hwy 128 Napa, CA 94558 -
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Lake Berryessa Pleasure Cove Camp Ground driving directions

Getting To Lake Berryessa

We had an awesome time camping with our family at Lake Berryessa, CA. It's about 30 minutes outside of Napa and quite a pretty drive coming from the Bay Area. The only problem is that the road signs are very poorly marked, so if you follow the signs to Lake Berryessa, you won't end up near the Pleasure Cove camp grounds. Lastly, if you're on the right road, there is a sign for Pleasure Cove, but it doesn't say to turn! So, if you read this, you will know, when you see the Pleasure Cove sign on the left hand side of the road, turn left just in front of it to get to the camp ground.

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The camp grounds at Pleasure Cove are clean and each one has a fire pit and little place to barbecue which I really liked and running water. They also each had a bench picnic table in the overflow area. While the camp ground is surrounded by trees, some of the sites have limited shade. So, if you're there on a hot day, you either want to get a place in the shade or make sure you have some covering. The camp ground is open year round and is about thirty dollars a night to camp. They also have full RV hookups. The only real negative about the camp site is the bathroom situation. We were in the overflow spots and it was about 1/4 mile to the bathroom at the marina. Not so bad if you're by yourself, but if you're taking six kids to the restroom, it feels like a very long way.

This Lake Berryessa website has all the information on rates, how to book, what camp grounds are available, house boats, RVing and much more.

What do you do at Lake Berryessa?

Well, there is a small marina, but no restaurant, so you want to bring all your food with you. There is gas for boats, but nothing to fill your car, so be sure to have enough gas. At the camp grounds, you can hang out. At the lake, I saw plenty of people fishing for catfish. I hear there are some big fish in the lake. You can also boat. We were with friends and the mornings and evenings were very glassy for skiing and wake boarding. For that matter, while we were there, there wasn't much wind at all and the bugs were just a few. It's possible to setup on the beach of the lake during the day, but we opted to rent a pontoon boat and float around while the other half of the group was on the ski boat. The kids swam and played in the water and we ate a lot. We should have brought more water on the boat during the day since it was pretty hot. All in all, it was an awesome time on the lake.

Questions & Answers


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        Paul Edmondson 5 years ago from Burlingame, CA

        Looking at some old hubs and would love to go water skiing at berryessa this summer!

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        Paul Edmondson 6 years ago from Burlingame, CA

        I don't know. When I was 16 I went camping with friends. As far as I know they don't check age when camping in California.

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        sallie 6 years ago

        how old do you have to be to camp alone?

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        HoopBot 7 years ago from Internet

        That looks awesome, been a long time since I've been water-skiing . . .

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        Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Great photos and you made this camping experience with your family come alive. Nice (about to be) wipeout BTW and nicely captured on film with all the drama. :-)

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        sheila b. 7 years ago

        When I read your title, I knew I'd been there but couldn't think of where it was. Ah, went there when I lived in CA. The photos were great and it was nice to see all of you having fun.

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        Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

        I think I was there about a thousand years ago - what great pics! Perfect timing for those.....happy summer.

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        Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

        Wow, all that olympic style. Great and well done. Thank you for sharing all that beautiful place.

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        Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

        Enjoyed a New Years Party at the club house there.. Great area... Another good hub..

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        tom hellert 7 years ago from home


        Remember nothing good happens in the woods...


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        Earth Angel 7 years ago

        Okay Paul, I was cracking up over the first part of your Hub!! Men and Directions; a Hub all its own!!

        Berryessa is a GREAT place to take the family!! I have spent many wonderful summers there myself!!

        I LOVE the photos!! Thanks for sharing!!

        Blessings to you, Robin and the girls!! Earth Angel!!

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        gredmondson 7 years ago from San Francisco, California

        Thanks so much for writing it, Paul. You are making nice memories.

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        msorensson 7 years ago

        Wow..just today I was rethinking of my move to La Jolla and wondering if I want to move Marin County instead, so thank you for this lovely hub...It was timely.

        And the pictures are fabulous!!

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        kandrawe 7 years ago from Tropical Country

        nice photo and hub..beautiful lake..

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        rosenartie 7 years ago

        Great article. We were a camping family also. Some of the kids still go but we don't. Started in the back of the station wagon, went to a tent, pop up, small travel trailer, bigger travel trailer, motor home, back to a small pop up. From New England and most was done in N.E. But did travel to Fla., Pa many times with the motor home. Are the camp grounds packed or are people losing interest. Lots of luck and enjoy camping.

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        Lori J Latimer 7 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

        Thank you for this informative Hub!

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        sherrylou57 7 years ago from Riverside

        I love camping there! Great place and nice photos. Thank you

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         7 years ago

        Useful article if I ever get to the West Coast but the photos are great. What type of camera captured that action so clearly? Cheers