Recreation in Oroville, CA


Oroville Dam

Follow Oro Dam Blvd. East
Info: 530-534-2306

Completed in 1968, it stands 770 feet high and is 6,920 feet across the top. It is the tallest and one of the largest earthen dams in the USA. Tailings from the gold dredging era make up most of the material used in construction.

A picnic area overlooks the dam & has restroom facilities.  The dam area is also a favorite of local swimmers. Lake Oroville Marina has endless opportunities to enjoy the uncrowded atmosphere available at Lake Oroville.

Beneath the dam, a cavern almost as large as the state capitol building has been hollowed out to house six power generation units. Coupled with four units in the Thermalito Power Plant, they generate more than 2.8 billion kilowatt-hours of power annually. Tours are available by appointment only. Please call 530.534-2306 for more information.
Lake Oroville, which the dam created, has a surface area of 24 square miles and a shoreline of 167 miles, including many waterfalls in the Spring.

Bidwell Bar Suspension Bridge

South End of Lake Oroville in Bidwell CanyonOff Kelly Ridge Road

In 1856, a suspension bridge was swung across the Feather River at Bidwell Bar, site of the county’s first gold mining community. It’s towers, manufactured in New York and brought around the Horn, the bridge was the first of it’s type in California and was closed to traffic in 1954.

Prior to the construction of Oroville Dam, the bridge was dismantled and relocated in Bidwell Canyon. The first Saturday of every May, the Bidwell Bar Day celebration is held here featuring demonstrations of pioneer crafts, gold panning, food and entertainment. The Toll House Museum there is open on Saturdays during the summer.

Department of Water Resources

DWR operates and maintains the State Water Project, including the California Aqueduct. The department also provides dam safety and flood control services, assists local water districts in water management and conservation activities, promotes recreational opportunities, and plans for future statewide water needs.

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Forever Resorts

One Great Lake, Two Great Marinas!

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Biking the 41-Mile Freeman Bicycle Trail

This trail provides 41 miles of scenic off-road recreational riding for All Terrain Bicycles. Over 30 miles of the trail are flat with some slightly rolling terrain. There are two steep grades within a 2-mile distance from Lake Oroville on each side of the Dam.

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Bidwell Canyon

Located directly next to the Bidwell Marina, Bidwell Canyon offers 75 tent/RV campsites can accommodate trailers up to 31 feet and motorhomes up to 40 feet. Bidwell Canyon has with a boat launch, fish-cleaning stations, restrooms, picnicking, and access to the Dan Beebee hiking trail.

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Boat-in Campsites

Lake Oroville’s Boat-in Campsites provide more privacy than regular campgrounds can offer, but you have to have your own boat to get to them. These first-come, first-serve sites are located along the extensive Lake Oroville shoreline and offer picnic tables, cooking stoves, and pit restrooms.

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Equestrian Campsites

Located at Loafer creek, the Equestrian Camps are a horse-lover’s dream come true. These sites feature all the comforts of home for your horse, including feed troughs, horse shower stalls, a circle ring, plenty of room to maneuver a trailer and access to trails. (Make a reservation)

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Floating Campsites

Floating Campsites are the most unique way to enjoy Lake Oroville. These 20′ x 24′ double-decker platforms can fit 15 people and include docking for three boats, a gas BBQ, restroom, picnic table, lockable storage closet, food preparation area, and food storage. You must provide your own boat and provide all of your own equipment, including lights, water, sleeping materials, etc. (Make a reservation)

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Lime Saddle

Lime Saddle is located at the northern end of Lake Oroville. It offers 30 tent sites, 15 RV sites with electric and water hookups, one group site for six tents, restrooms, a fish-cleaning station, hiking trails, concessions, and a boat launch. There is a central dump station for RVs, as well.

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Loafer Creek

Located at the south end of the lake, Loafer Creek has 137 tent campsites, each with parking, a table and a cooking stove. The facility also includes a boat launch, restrooms, coin-operated showers, drinking water, swimming, group sites, a dump station, and equestrian trails.

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If golfing is your sport, Oroville offersthree courses with widely differing terrains. The Lake Oroville Golf and Event Center course near Lake Oroville is tight, challenging, and offers a rolling, parklike setting with lovely foothill views.

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Hiking Feather Falls

To view this magnificent 640 foot waterfall, you’ll need about four hours of time since it’s a seven-mile, round-trip hike, but we bet you’ll remember the breathtaking view for months to come. Markers appear every half mile to show distance traveled.

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Lake Oroville Boating

Lake Oroville is best explored by boat. Easy access is provided by several launch ramps around the lake shore, and you can rent boats at the Bidwell or Lake Oroville Marinas.

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Catch the Updrafts

Table Mountain Aviation operates a glider program offering rides piloted by veteran pilots most Saturday.  The flights take off from Oroville Airport where the glider is pulled aloft by a tow plane to as high as 5,200 feet, released typically over Oroville Dam.

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