The City of Napa announced the Lake Hennessey Boat Launch (dock) will be closed for the season starting at sunset on Friday, August 13, 2021. Record-low water levels at Lake Hennessey due to the region’s current drought make it necessary to close the boat launch for the safety of the public and to protect the lake’s water quality.
The boat ramp has become too shallow and is forcing boaters to enter the Lake with their vehicle in order to launch their boats, which can potentially affect the water quality. As always, bodily contact or walking in the water while launching kayaks or canoes from the shore or boat dock is prohibited. Since Lake Hennessey is a municipal water supply, users must follow Boating Regulations and swimming and paddleboarding are not permitted. The Lake Hennessey Boat Dock parking lot will remain open.
The boat dock is likely to stay closed until December or later, depending on the quantity of winter rain the region receives and the Lake’s levels. The City of Napa’s Water Division will continue to monitor the Lake’s levels and adjust closures accordingly.
The Napa City Council declared a Moderate Water Shortage on May 4, and on July 20 enacted regulations that limit outdoor irrigation to two days per week. Napa’s Utilities Department is working to help residents make every drop count and reduce their personal water consumption through conservation tips, financial incentives, free water-saving devices, and educational opportunities. Visit the City’s Water Conservation page to learn more.