This area is a cooperative management area with the California Department of Fish and Game. It offers 6,350 acres for non-motorized recreational activities. It is adjoined to the 30,000 acre Lake Berryessa Recreation Area (LBRA) administered by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
On October 17, 2006, President George W. Bush signed the Northern California Coastal Wild Heritage Act, designating the Cedar Roughs Wilderness Area.
Click here to view the new wilderness area boundaries.
Located off Pope Canyon Road 2.2 miles west of Pope Creek bridge, Lake Berryessa, or 6.3 miles east of Pope Valley airstrip. Park on the south side of the brown and yellow gate, and follow Pope Creek upstream approximately 1/4 mile. Look for trail markers. Cross Pope Creek and climb hill a short distance to an abandoned jeep trail. The old jeep trail provides access into main block of public land.
Boat-In Access: Located 1.8 miles past Pope Creek bridge on the Pope Creek arm of Lake Berryessa. Nine boat ramps are accessible from the south and west sides of the lake. For accommodations, camping and boat launch information, contact (707) 966-2111. Capall Cove is a public boat launch located just off Berryessa/Knoxville Road 2.6 miles east from the intersection of Berryessa/Knoxville Road and State Route 128. From the main body of the lake, enter Pope Creek arm of Lake Berryessa by passing under the bridge. Continue westward 1.8 miles to the trailhead which will be on your port (left) side about 1/4 mile past Trout Creek.
Maxwell Creek Access: Another area for hunting and wildlife viewing is located off Pope Canyon Road 4.2 miles west of Pope Creek bridge, Lake Berryessa or 5.6 miles east of Pope Valley airstrip. Provides access to 175 acres of CDF&G and 160 acres BLM land adjacent to Maxwell Creek and access via abandoned Dollarhide Road. After approximately 1 mile, trail enters private land.
Recreational activities available are hiking, hunting, fishing, camping, and wildlife viewing. Because of the recent acquisition of property by Fish and Game, this now gives legal access to the larger portion of BLM lands. This is an area that we are working in conjunction with BOR and CDF&G to develop trails and a parking lot.
Camping is allowed on BLM lands. There are no developed campgrounds at this point. Please pack out what you pack in.
More to know before you go:
- Legal access is only possible from the north along Pope Canyon Road
- Best time to visit October - May
- Stay on public land. There are some signs identifying the private land
For more information, contact:
Bureau of Land Management
Ukiah Field Office
2550 North State Street
Ukiah, CA 95482
Phone: (707) 468-4000
Bureau of Reclamation
Lake Berryessa Recreation Office
5520 Knoxville Road
Napa, CA 94558
Phone: (707) 966-2111
California Department of Fish & Game, Region 3
P.O. Box 47
(7329 Siverado Trail)
Napa, CA 94558
Click here to view or request recreation maps