What Happens if you Get Too Close to the Lake Berryessa Hole?
Glory Hole Suicide?
A very active glory hole pic by Eric. The Monticello Dam , which holds back Lake Berryessa , features a morning glory spillway. This type of spillway is basically a giant cement funnel. Rather than spilling over the dam, high waters spill into the funnel. Morning glory spillways are also known as bell-mouth spillways. The glory hole seen from afar.
Click to see video. Imagine peering down into a bottomless spiraling pit. Although the Lake Berryessa hole may look like a death trap, its actual purpose could save many lives. Keep reading to find out what happens if you get too close to the spillway. What Exactly is the Lake Berryessa Hole?
The only recorded Berryessa spillway death is that of swimmer Emily Schwalek, 41, of Davis who was killed in when she was sucked down the Monticello Dam at Lake Berryessa spillway. Measuring at approximately 72 feet wide and feet long, the spillway is known as the Glory Hole. It routes excess water from the lake into a 72 foot diameter entrance structure known as the Glory Hole down to a foot-wide exit pipe. This helps to prevent flooding disasters for the thousands of nearby residents when the lake reaches its maximum capacity after heavy rainfall.