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Lake Oroville State Recreation Area, Oroville

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Lake Oroville State Recreation Area is a state park unit of California, United States, surrounding Lake Oroville, a reservoir on the Feather River. It is located in Butte County outside Oroville, California. The 29447acre park was established in 1967. The recreation area "includes Lake Oroville and the surrounding lands and facilities within the project area as well as the land and waters in and around the Diversion Pool and Thermalito Forebay, downstream of Oroville Dam."RecreationThe park and lake support outdoor recreation such as camping, picnicking, horseback riding, hiking, sail and power-boating, water-skiing, fishing, swimming, boat-in camping, floating campsites, and horse camping. There is a visitor center with interpretive exhibits and a 47ft observation tower overlooking the lake and dam.Nearby attractions are Feather Falls and the Feather River Fish Hatchery.
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  • During this time of year in Oroville, the rainfall has been so slight that the monster lake is at an all time low. 
  • Very large body of water that always seems to be half full or less and some locals call it the "Toilet Bowl" cause it always that way.... Very expensive to launch a boat and day use parking cost way m...  more »
  • Lake Oroville is lovely this year after all of our rainfall. The fish ladders are back in action as is the fish hatchery. There is much to see. Picnic grounds are well maintained. Recreational activit...  more »
  • Real nice lake with a lot of space. Good for water skiing, house boating, fishing etc. You do have to pay to park here though.
  • Love this place! The Visitor Center is a great place to learn about local history and building of the dam. Lots to see, maps, models, movies, museum and climb the viewing tower for a great view of the area!
  • Lucky to have Lake Oroville in my backyard. Great place for swimming, boating, fishing and camping. Several places to launch and dock boats as well as areas for picnicking and camping in a beautiful setting.
  • Lake Oroville and the greater Lake Oroville State Recreation Area is a wonderful addition to what the northern Sierra Nevadas have to offer. There are several boat launch facilities at the lake, both paid and free. The North Forebay offers some great kayaking, as well as the Aquatic Center that provides rentals. The Afterbay is almost always as smooth as glass, and all facilities are free. The only portion of the recreation area that leaves something to be desired is the Clay Pits OHV area. The Clay Pits have potential, but don't currently offer much for OHV enthusiasts.
  • Went here for 4th of July 2016. Their firework show was ok. But very beautiful lake and pretty scenery