A mysterious hole in a Lake caught by a drone footage by a YouTube user went viral.
This is located in Napa County, California. Lake Berryessa is the largest lake in the area. This reservoir in the Vaca Mountains is formed by the Monticello Dam, which provides water and hydroelectricity to the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area.
The mysterious hole is commonly called the “Glory Hole” by residents and tourists in the area, the spillway is officially called the “Monticello Dam Morning Glory Spillway.” This can only be witnessed when there is a heavy rain that fell down which will fill up the dam.
After a severe five-year-drought in California, the Golden State finally received enough rain this last winter to declare areas of the state drought-free. Rain and snow poured down on the Sierra Nevada mountain range and Northern California, allowing lakes and reservoirs that were previously dried up to fill to max capacity.
One area of the state that received the much needed rainfall was in Napa County. Known for its rolling hills and meadows, the county is a popular tourist attraction. However, as a result of the drought, much of the area had started drying up; including Lake Berryessa.
Sitting up against the side of a 304-foot dam, Lake Berryessa is famous for its “Glory Hole” spillway, an incredible sight to behold when at full capacity.
Unfortunately, for over a decade there has not been enough water for the Glory Hole to be seen in action.
Christian Bode, a resident in the area, recalled memories from his teenage years when the lake level is low, it allowed him and his friends to skateboard in the tunnels designated to facilitate the water when the Glory Hole spills over.
After years of dry winters, this past January and February finally brought record-breaking levels of rain to the region. There was so much rain, the lake actually filled up within a matter of a few days! The Glory Hole went to work once again.
Measuring at the widest part of the opening, the hole is 72 feet across and, as it travels down the funnel, eventually narrows down to 28 feet. The water flows through the funnel and eventually drains into Putah Creek.
YouTube user Evan K was able to catch drone footage of the hole in action so that everyone could witness a sight that hasn’t taken place in a long time. With incredible shots of the iconic Napa scenery and the rushing power of the lake, you will find yourself completely mesmerized by this footage!