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Putah Creek Wildlife Area

The Monticello Dam on Putah Creek.

The dam on Putah Creek created Lake Berryessa. Berryessa's 'Glory Hole'--the local name for the overflow spillway--is visible in this photo.

Blue Ridge peak above the lake is just one of the hills that is accessible by trail within the wildlife area.

Putah Creek has both rapids and calm pools. Fishing is a popular activity along the stream.

This Canadian goose was just one of a large flock swimming in the creek.

Pines are one of the common trees in the area. Various oaks, buckeyes, bay, cottonwood, big-leaf maple, and manzanita are also part of the habitat.

The Pleasants Ridge Trail is a very strenuous hike within the wildlife area.

A black phoebe.

Himalayan blackberries are one of the non-native plants that have become established in the area.

Shale and sandstone are the principle rock types in the area. This rock is along Cold Creek which runs through the wildlife area and feeds into Putah Creek.

All photos © 2012, Karlyn H. Lewis or James E. Lewis